Excerpt from His Wife's Place As indicated on the cover of this pamphlet, the Playmaker Plays represent the collaboration of the Dakota Playmakers, the dramatic organization at the University of North Dakota, and the University course in Dramatic Composition, offered first by Professor Frederick H.Koch in 1915, and for the past two years by the editor of this series. These plays make pretentions to surpassing excellence in the various elements of dramatic writing. They are merely little experiments done as laboratory work in a course which has as its chief purpose, t the immediate fashioning of playwrights, so much as the steady recruiting of the ranks of those who can appreciate drama from each of the several angles of appreciation. The purpose behind publication in this case is the supplying of high-school societies and other amateur groups in the territory which this University serves, with these examples of native drama. This purpose had its birth in frequent queries, from outsiders who had seen or heard of the University productions, or from graduated Playmakers who had taken part in them, as to whether or t the plays were available for general use. They were t. Quite commonly there was extant copy of the play in question. It will be impossible to include in this series any of the plays written previous to 1918-19, among them some excellent ones, because the manuscripts are t w available. It is a source of warm satisfaction to the editor that literally scores of citizens of this state will feel a deep and living interest in these plays, for having either written them or acted in them, or for bearing some peculiar relationship to those who did. These are truly our little plays ; we conceived them, and we have acted them. They are t masterpieces, but they are clean, and they have entertained our neighbors and friends. Some of them picture North Dakota men and women in the business of living; all of them represent the North Dakota student in the business of adapting and building. To the cause of Native American Drama the Playmakers dedicate their plays, and bespeak for them the attention and interest of all who like to hear a story and take sides in a conflict, and who at the same time believe in beginnings. Encouragement alone will beget more and better plays. For those who would be too harshly critical we might quote a line from one of our earlier plays, the words of an old Scandinavian mother to her newly returned supercilious and over-educated son: Vel, Alf, dis is all ve got! About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.