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ERIC Number: ED002002
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 24
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SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS.
CREAN, ROBERT
"SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS" IS A PLAY WHICH CONSISTS OF FIVE CHARACTERS--THE SPEAKER, CATHERINE, A PROTESTANT, AMY, A JEW, ANTHONY, AN ITALIAN CATHOLIC, AND PETER, A NEGRO. THE PLAY IS PERFORMED IN A ROUND ACTING AREA RATHER THAN ON A STAGE, AND THERE IS NO SCENERY. THE AUDIENCE SURROUNDS THE ACTING AREA AND PLAYS AN ACTIVE ROLE AS THE SPEAKER TALKS WITH IT AND AS INDIVIDUALS IDENTIFY WITH THE CHARACTERS, WHO ARE ALL TEENAGERS. AS AN OPEN-ENDED CONFLICT OF INTERGROUP RELATIONS, THE PLAY DOES NOT PRESENT CONCLUSIONS BUT PROVIDES PROBLEMS FOR DISCUSSION. ONE DISCUSSION TECHNIQUE FOUND PRODUCTIVE IS TO DIVIDE THE AUDIENCE INTO SMALL GROUPS OF 10 TO 15 AND TO HAVE DISCUSSION FOR 20 OR 30 MINUTES. EACH GROUP THEN RETURNS WITH SEVERAL QUESTIONS TO BE FURTHER DISCUSSED EITHER BY THE GROUP AS A WHOLE OR BY A PANEL. SOME OF THE THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS WHICH MIGHT ARISE COULD INCLUDE--DO WE COVER UP OUR PREJUDICES BY RATIONALIZATION. WHY ARE GENERALIZATIONS ABOUT ANY GROUP--PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC, JEWISH, NEGRO, WHITE--DANGEROUS. TO WHAT EXTENT ARE OUR CHILDREN REFLECTIONS OF OURSELVES. TO WHAT EXTENT DOES PREJUDICE PROMOTE THE "MURDER" OF PERSONALITY. AND HOW CAN WE AS INDIVIDUALS, AS A NATION, CEASE TO HATE AND RECONCILE THE GAP BETWEEN WHAT WE PRACTICE AND WHAT WE PREACH.
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Authoring Institution: National Conference of Christians and Jews, New York, NY.
Identifiers: New York (New York)