EcoTheater for the Global Village:
Giants in the Wilderness by G. Thomson Fraser
( from the publisher's press release; January 26, 2009 )
EcoTheater for the Global Village:
Giants in the Wilderness
by G. Thomson Fraser
Publisher's website page for book
Three Environmental Dramas featured in "EcoTheater for the Global
Three plays that confront environmental issues from an adult as well as a
child's perspective are featured in "EcoTheater for the Global Village,"
recently published by Xlibris, a strategic partner of Random House. Featured
are G. Thomson Fraser's, "Giants in the Wilderness," and two children's
theater dramas, MacKenzie Louise Coffman's, "Forest Hideout," and Rebekah
Lovat Fraser's "The Tree and the Village."
Harold Wood, education chairman for the environmentally-focused Sierra Club,
was the inspiration behind the book. He contacted G. Thomson Fraser about
her play, "Giants in the Wilderness" and suggested that it be published,
along with children's dramas with an environmental theme.
"Giants in the Wilderness" features John Muir, the Scottish naturalist and
founder of the Sierra Club, and his role in the birth of the environmental
movement in the late 19th century. "Wilderness" contains a Forestry
Chautauqua Prologue and post-play Epilogue by Joseph K. Smith which can be
used to open a discussion with the audience. The drama was funded by a grant
from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, a state program of the
National Endowment for the Humanities, and matching funds from the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management's Conservation Trust
Fund. "Wilderness" toured as part of the 1997 Centennial Celebration of the
Massachusetts State Forest and Park System.
Drama critic Richard Duckett, writing for the Worcester (MA) Telegram and
Gazette, characterized "Wilderness" as a history lesson. "By 1896, the
destruction of America's forest wilderness had become so rampant many people
believed that unless something was done soon, there wouldn't be any
wilderness left... Three naturalists - John Muir, Charles Sprague Sargent
and Gifford Pinchot - had divergent opinions on the best way to save them."
MacKenzie Louise Coffman's children's theater piece, "Forest Hideout" is the
story of two children, a brother and sister, who take matters into their own
hands to save the family farm. Coffman is a fifth grade student in Western
Massachusetts. A televised production of her play is planned for the Summer
2009 with Coffman playing the role of Isabel.
Rebekah Lovat Fraser's "The Tree and the Village" is an environmentally
instructive fable, a mythological saga that engages the audience and is a
visual feast for children of all ages. Lovat Fraser is a graduate in Film
Studies from Yale University and mother of MacKenzie.
In the Preface to EcoTheater for the Global Village," G. Thomson Fraser
observes, "We humans have taken center stage in a worldwide drama to
preserve the planet that only the gods of antiquity might find amusing...
Theater is now challenged to take up environmental global concerns, to serve
as a tool for our continued survival."
About the Author
Playwright G. Thomson Fraser is a professor, journalist, poet and novelist.
Her nonfiction novel, In the Claw of the Tiger is based on the true story
of a survivor of the Bataan Death March and POW camps in the Philippines and
Japan. Fraser holds a BA in Theater and Communications and an MFA in
For more about the play, see Giants
in the Wilderness listing on Lewis Heniford's Small-Cast
One-Act Guide Online