Month: January 2013

Why Children’s Theater

Last week, I tweeted about two chances to support HS theater programs that needed help, one through Fundly and the other through Kickstarter.

Then, a couple of days later, I shared two links on my Facebook and Twitter pages regarding why children are better adults and employees because they studied theater.

These are reasons why I write, for the most part, children’s theater. I believe that if we give children quality theater; theater they can see and theater they can participate in, then they are better off as they grow up. I’ve seen children, who have had little or no self-confidence, come to life on the stage. I was a kid with little to no self-confidence who came to life on the stage. I’ve drawn on my theater experiences in different points in my life. In addition to giving me self-confidence, theater has taught me how to listen to what people are saying, how to critically think, how think on my feet, how to deal with the public. I’ve seen practical uses of math of critical reading and yes engineering while working on stage and off.

I understand that the US wants to focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in education. But w cannot do it in exchange for the arts. These two departments can and should live, not only side by side, but work with each other. Then we’ll have truly well rounded students.

Theater as a means for social change

This is an issue I’ve been struggling with since the Sandy Hook/Newtown, CT school shooting. How should we as artists, playwrights, directors, and actors respond to such a tragedy. How do we share our voice and our beliefs. should we even say a thing? Do we have a responsibility beyond just entertaining?

I recently submitted a piece to the group NOPASSPORT for their Gun Control Theater Action event (to be held Jan 26 at Theater J in Washington DC). And while I haven’t heard if my piece was selected or not, but it did get me thinking. Can theater be an effective tool for societal change?

Obviously, I think it can be or I wouldn’t have spent two days writing and polishing and editing a 10 minute play for that purpose, focusing my attention on something else, a light comedy or farce perhaps. I’m reminded of a quote John Cheever said, “Art is the triumph over chaos.” Theater is an art and without it, in any form, we are allowing chaos to truimph. So, as artists, we have a responsibility to be an agent of change in our society. Every great story has a character going through an emotional or physical change from who they were to who they should be. This, in turn, should challenge the audience to examine their own life and change.

I also think that we are a visual society. That you can express in characters what is often not heard in debate. You can debate about AIDS vicitms or homosexuality if you con’t know such people, but when you watch a piece such as ANGELS IN AMERICA or RENT, you come face to face with people who are suffering from AIDS or are real people who happen to be gay, or suffer a hate crime. NEXT TO NORMAL brings us face to face with mental illness. O’Neill’s THE HAIRY APE displays his concern for the working man and society’s attempts, at that time, to look away from them.

So yes, I do think that theater not only SHOULD be an agent of social change, but has a responsibility to do as much.

Author Interview: Samantha LaFantasie and the Addicted to heroines Blog Tour

Addicted to Heroines Blog Tour Interview with Samantha LaFantasie, Author of Heart Song

As many of you know, the lead roles in both of my published plays are girls. I think that the “Heroine” plays as big, if not bigger part, in modern mythology as the hero. And that’s why I support this upcoming blog tour and think you should too. To help promote it, I conducted a brief interview with my fellow Kansas writer, Samantha LaFantasie. Samantha is a fantastic writer and a board member of the Kansas Writer’s Association (of which I’m a proud member)

What is the Addicted to Heroines Blog Tour about?

The tour is all about the heroines of fantasy and why we love them or simply just can’t get enough of them. Five authors have come together to do character interviews with their leading lady, guest posts, discussions on Goodreads, as well as prizes and giveaways.

Who are the participating authors?

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The mastermind behind the tour is Alesha Escobar.

Author of The Gray Tower Trilogy.


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tlkDevora Fox.

Author of The Lost King.


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Francene Stanley.

Author of Still Rock Water.


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Cecelia Robert

Author of Truly, Madly, Deeply You.


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HSSamantha LaFantasie.

Author of Heart Song.

When is it?

Starting February 1st through the 10th

Where can it be found?

By visiting http://www.heroinestour.blogspot.com/

You’ll find out what’s going on and when and even have the chance to participate in some awesome giveaways and snatch some fantastic prizes!

Also, stop by our Facebook page.

Thanks Samantha and break a leg with the blog tour!

It’s Official!

Just four days into 2013 and I’m officially published for the 2nd time. Edits and formatting is finished and everything is up online and ready for your to read and purchase scripts and rights to.

The Absolutely True Story of Tom Sawyer As Told By Becky Thatcher is now officially published by Heartland Play Publishers!

You can access it by going to my Rights page OR by going to Heartland Play Publishers page.

Now it’s time to stop slacking and get the next play written huh?