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Posted October 2017
I live in Houston, and while Hurricane Harvey was going on, I was trapped in my house by rising water. We were extremely lucky, the waters filled the street but stopped short of the sandbags in front of our door. To pass this stressful time, I wrote a new one act about seven Middle School students, trapped in their classroom by rising floodwaters. The amazing people over at YouthPLAYS rushed it into publication, in a digital format prior to a premiere. It will be produced at the YES Prep Northline Middle School, right here in Houston (as the premiere should be!) in December. Once I've had a chance to see it up on its feet, I'll make some final tweaks and it will be traditionally published, alongside my other YouthPLAYS works.
I will be donating all author proceeds from the play to local charities working for hurricane relief, both here in Texas, but also in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the states affected by Hurricane Irma... and as the years go by, those organizations working to help those affected by future hurricanes.
If you teach in a Middle School, or work with a drama group or a community theatre, please consider the play born from a storm...
Matthew directed the Short + Sweet production of the play, and, as a film director, knew that he wanted to film a version of the play. I rewrote the script, and Vanessa Pantley (A Gulag Mouse) came on to produce it. It was shot in Los Angeles in August of 2017, and is in post-production. More news to come!
Frank Collison takes a break from the drama during filming.
There's a new interview with yours truly at I interview Playwrights!
A Gulag Mouse will be at the Warehouse Theatre, a student-governed theatre company working in cooperation with the Performing Arts Department of Stephens College, at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9-11, 2017; 2 p.m., Nov. 12, 1200 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65215. I will be there for an AUDIENCE TALKBACK on Friday, November 10th!
The Lady Demands Satisfaction, winner of the 2017/2018 Joining Sword and Pen Competition will be produced by the Babes With Blades Theatre Company in Chicago, in July of 2018. More details to follow as we get closer!
Publications over the last year included Rising, Bully Issues as part of the collection Bullying, Ink from YouthPLAYS, and If You Could Go Back... as part of the collection 30 Short Plays for Passionate Actors, The Fourth Ghost is included in 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, One Minute Plays includes two of my micro-plays, Not Expecting That and Parent Teacher Conference; and Childish Things is included in the iconic series that's been the standard of excellence for over seventy years - Applause Books' Best American Short Plays 2015-2016.
My headshot is by Jessica Sherman Photography.