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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.15" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2004
Publisher Salmon Poetry
ISBN 190339211X ISBN13 9781903392119
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Reviews - What do customers think about Sending Down the Sparrows?
A Note from the Publisher Sep 9, 2008
Sending Down the Sparrows, a work of historical fiction, bears witness to the systematic persecution and extermination of the handicapped by Nazi Germany through the character of Viktor, a young man who is a reluctant member of the Hitler Youth. Viktor has a secret; a mentally handicapped sister who is the ward of a state institution. Viktor soon finds himself caught between the Nazi ideologies of racial and genetic purity and the love of a sister for whom he feels shame. As the play unfolds, he must choose whether to continue protecting his secret himself or to come to the defense of his sister.
About the Author
Laura Lundgren Smith, a native of Texas, lives in Fort Worth with her husband Ben and two dogs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Theatre and English and a Master of Arts in Theatre from Texas A&M University at Commerce. Ms. Lundgren Smith has an extensive background in theatre and has directed, designed, and performed in numerous productions.
Sending Down the Sparrows Jun 20, 2006
I had the priviledge of directing this play for the Texas UIL one act play contest in 2004. It is a phenomenal show...with heart, sensitivity, and extreme creativity. I know for a fact that Laura Lundgren Smith did extensive research concerning not only the nazi youth, but the extermination of the mentally ill during the horrible time of the holocaust. Make a note...this nightmare was not only limited to the mentally challenged, but also the physically challenged. This is a wonderful opportunity to enlighten students and audiences of the nightmare that occured and the beauty of knowing that God does take care of all His "sparrows".
I'll Fly Away Jun 17, 2006
Laura Smith is a brilliant, up-coming playwright whose plays grab an issue's jugular and do not let go. "Sending Down the Sparrows" deals directly with the effects of a period in history that some still deny ever happened. But it did. And we still feel its effects. Smith's imagination allows her to explore psychological depths at levels that reach a young audience. Instructive but not sententious. Sad but not sentimental. If you have not seen it, you should do so. Until you are able to see it, read it. And reread it.
Sending Down the Sparrows - A Director's Perspective Jun 16, 2006
I directed "Sending Down the Sparrows" in 2001, and my students and I did our best to do justice to this wonderful peice of work. We found the play to be thought-provoking and meaningful. My students related to the characters, being so close in age to them. Research shows the situation of the play was an unfortunate reality. But this work serves as a voice for those who could not speak for themselves. It is a reminder to us all not to remain silent when we see evil in this world, and that no life is, "life not worthy of life."
Great OAP and/or College Script With Excellent Disability Perspective Jun 16, 2006
I am a disability studies scholar as well as a theatre director. I am impressed with Laura Lundgren Smith's script. Smith's skillful weaving of the treatment of people with disabilities in Nazi Germany into a story about two siblings strikes a chord with me. She also does not hesitate to use the vernacular of the period and I find that refreshing. I highly recommend the script for performance and dramatic literature classes.