Theater Magic: A Guide to Our Unique Yearly Plays

Every year in March, LWS presents a theater production of the life of a great soul. Our plays have portrayed the lives of St. Francis, the Dalai Lama, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus, Krishna, Paramhansa Yogananda, Moses, Hafiz, Kuan Yin, and others.

For the children, the process of putting on a long, elaborate theater production is a living laboratory for learning the history of the age and land described in the play, and acquiring lifelong skills of poise and cooperation. Not to mention the inspiration of fully immersing themselves in the lives of a great human being.

The youngest children overcome challenges as they learn their dances and cooperate with the other performers on stage. The older children develop concentration as they memorize their lines.

One boy who had a major speaking part was daunted by memorizing his multiplication tables until his teacher reminded him, “Anyone who can memorize as many lines as you did for the play can do it!” The boy was encouraged and learned his “timeses” without further worry.

Every child in our school faces the challenge of performing before audiences of over 250 adults and visiting children in four performances. Standing onstage while delivering lines with creative feeling is a test of poise. It is a great accomplishment.

One mother remarked after her daughter’s performance, “I couldn’t have done that. I never would have believed that she could. She has always been shy – you have no idea what a transformation this is.”

The following is a list of our plays. The scripts are available for use by schools and other educational institutions. For more information, please 

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2012
The Subject Tonight Is Love:
The Life and Poetry of Hafiz
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2011
Cry From the Heart of the First Americans: The Story of the Great Peacemaker, Deganawidah, and His Follower, Hiawatha
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2010
Compassionate Heart:
The Life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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Poster of the play Mirabai Mystic Poet Saint of India 2009
Mirabai: Mystic Poet Princess of India
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2008
Light In A Dark Age
The Story of Francesco and Chiara of Assisi
2007
Morning Star Appears:
A Life of the Buddha
Poster for the play A New Tomorrow: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. 2006
A New Tomorrow: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Poster for the play Kuan Yin, She Who Hears the Cries of the World 2005
Kuan Yin: She Who Hears the Cries of the World
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Poster for the play The Subject Tonight Is Love: The Life and Poetry of Hafiz 2004
The Subject Tonight is Love: The Life and Poetry of Hafiz>
Poster for Joy, Joy, Joy, The Life of Paramhansa Yogananda 2003
Joy! Joy! Joy! The Life of Paramhansa Yogananda

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Poster for the play Krishna, The Beloved 2002
Krishna, the Beloved
Poster for the play Jesus Holy Son of Mary at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California 2001
Jesus, Holy Son of Mary
Poster for the play "Moses" at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California 2000
Moses
Poster for the play Joan of Arc, Daughter of God, at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California 1999
Joan of Arc, Daughter of God
Poster for the play Lord Krishna, at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California 1998
Lord Krishna
Poster for the play The Life of Saint Francis, at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California 1997
The Life of St. Francis
Poster for the play The Life of Buddha, at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California 1996
The Life of Buddha
Poster for the play The Great Kapok Tree, at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California 1995
The Great Kapok Tree
Poster for the play The Fish King's Power of Truth, at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California 1994
The Fish King’s Power of Truth
Poster for the play The Shawl of Gold, at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California 1993
The Shawl of Gold


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