Stage Adaptations

"Belle Prater's Boy, published in 1996, recounts the growing friendship of two first cousins—Gypsy Arbutus Leemaster and Woodrow Prater—who come to know each other after Woodrow moves in with their mutual grandparents following the mysterious disappearance of his mother, Belle. Both memorable characters learn to accept unpleasant facts that they cannot change, overcome fears, and grow in friendship and understanding in this compelling story."

The Picture Books
Don Freeman
Writer and Illutstrator
Adapted for the stage
Wysteria Edwards

"Great web site! I am proud you have chosen my father's books to add to your plays."
Roy Freeman, son of the late Don Freeman

A note from author, Ruth White to Wysteria after reading the first act:

"I like it very much.  You are quite talented.  I can't wait to see it performed. "

Click here to add text.
Dovey Coe
by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Adapted for the stage by Wysteria Edwards

"My name is Dovey Coe and I reckon it don't matter if you like me or not. I'm here to lay the record straight, to let you know them folks saying I done a terrible thing are liars. I aim to prove it, too. I hated Parnell Caraway as much as the next person, but I didn't kill him."

Dovey Coe says what's on her mind, so it's no secret that she can't stand Parnell Caraway. Parnell may be the son of the richest man in town, but he's mean and snobby, and Dovey can't stand the fact that he's courting her sister, Caroline, or the way he treats her brother, Amos, as if he were stupid just because he can't hear.

So when Parnell turns up dead, and Dovey's in the room where his body is discovered, she soon finds herself on trial for murder. Can the outspoken Dovey sit still and trust a city slicker lawyer who's still wet behind the ears to get her out of the biggest mess of her life?

Belle Prater's Boy
Dovey Coe Awards
Edgar Allan Poe Award
for Best Juvenile Novel, 2001
William Allen White Award, 2003

Many of these, Don Freeman titles are now represented by YOUTHPLAYS.  Follow this link to license a play for your company!
Adapted for the stage by Wysteria Edwards
Based on the book by Kathryn Erskine
Caitlin, a bright, talented 10-year-old girl with Asperger's Syndrome, is trying to understand the world around her, especially how to make friends and fit in at school. She also has to deal with the tragic shooting death of her brother, who had been her main support, and the pain of her father, who seems lost in grief over the killing of his son. As is true with most girls with Asperger's, Caitlin is intelligent, but "getting it," that is, understanding emotion or interpreting social behavior, is almost impossible. She has to use her intellect, the Facial Expressions Chart, and much verbalizing to herself to get it right. . Finally, with the help of her very understanding school counselor, the friendship of a younger boy, and the kindness of one of her classmates, she breaks through, and begins to understand empathy. As Caitlin starts to "get" compassion, so do those around her.   A moving story of a young girl triumphing over tragedy.

Becoming Naomi Leon
Adapted for the stage by Wysteria Edwards
Based on the book by Pam Munoz Ryan

Eleven-year old Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw lives in a California trailer park with her tough, loving great-grandmother and her younger brother Owen, who is very bright but physically disabled. Gram encourages Naomi to think positively. Although Naomi does not feel like she fits in at school, she is happy living with Gram and Owen, and she enjoys soap carving. Her life is peaceful until her alcoholic mother reappears after seven years absence. Skyla, Naomi’s mother, wants to take Naomi with her, but she does not want Owen. Naomi realizes that Skyla does not truly care for either of them. The turmoil that this creates compels Naomi to go to Mexico to search for her father. During her fascinating journey to Oaxaca City, she learns about the tradition of carving and visits the exciting festival called the Night of the Radishes. She finds her father and comes to an understanding of her cultural roots.

ALA Notable Books for Children 2005
ALA Schneider Award
Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
2006 Pura Belpre Honor Book
Book Sense Book of the Year Honor 2005
2004 Parents’ Choice Sliver Honor
Author’s Biography

Based on the book by Laura Numeroff
Adapted for the stage by Wysteria Edwards and Adam Overett

Will be available soon!