Human Rights

Warning Shots: A short monologue for young actors

What is this! Two blog posts in one week. What is this madness?

Well it’s been a productive week so far, in fact there may be another blog coming this week as well. You’ll just have to wait around and see won’t you?

Now, to get to the point of today’s posting. A couple of years ago, I saw an opportunity to write a short piece inspired by the American Civil War for a production in Washington DC. In response, I wrote Warning Shots. It is a dramatized retelling of the two attacks on Lawrence, KS before and during the Civil War; the first by “Border Ruffians” (pro-slavery supporters) the second by Confederate leader William Quantrill. In this monologuWare, a young girl named Aella (which means “whirlwind” in Greek and was the name of an Amazon warrior in Greek mythology) witnesses these attacks and tells her story and what she learned.

Warning Shots was performed originally by the EMU Theater company in Lawrence, KS in November of 2015 to great response. Since then, it has kind of sat on my shelf. But I recently asked the daughter of a friend to perform it for a recording. I then “sweetened”the recording and present it to you now.

Warning Shots performed by Jocelyn Goodwin, directed by William J Goodwin, produced and mixed by Everett Robert.

If you would like a copy of Warning Shots you can find it on my Scripts page, at New Play Exchange, or feel free to contact me directly. I am offering this script, FOR FREE to students, schools, and community theaters.

‘Are you a feminist?’ — the question more and more female celebrities are asked – The Washington Post

True story, once upon a time in a land far far away (in reality about 20 years ago in a town about 100 miles away), I rejected the idea of feminism. Not because I didn’t believe in equal rights, but because I believed this notion that feminist = man hating woman. I thought, wrongly, that there was this evil cabal of women (who were jealous or something) ready to pounce and basically make us sperm donors or something. I believed and perpetuated this idea for a good long time. I had a friend and we jokingly referred to ourselves as N.A.M. (the National Association of Men). I got into a few near shouting arguments in my civics and government classes with a couple of young ladies who were just as passionate about things as I was, but on the “other side”. Yeah it was stupid. I was stupid. I listened to and believed in things that if I would have stopped and thought about it made no sense. Even lately, I tend to do what a lot of celebrities do and refer to myself a “humanist” (a believer in the rights of all humans to be equal), not because I’m not a feminist or whatever but because I think it’s a more accurate term.

There are things I agree with those who identify as feminist on and things I disagree on. I think that is the sign of someone who truly THINKS, I distrust people who blindly spout the same stuff as a blogger, writer, media personality, etc. because I WAS that person. If a certain radio or television personality said it was so, I repeated it verbatim.

I bring this up because this is an interesting article on the celebrity feminist question. What does it mean and what does it entail and why certain celebrities get asked questions about it while others do not.

‘Are you a feminist?’ — the question more and more female celebrities are asked – The Washington Post.