Playwriting

Early Christmas Present

I received an early Christmas present last week. This is the time of year when a number of schools and districts do their regional competitions. Quite a few of our one acts appear in high school competitions across the US and Canada and it’s always exciting to hear when a school has made it through and is off to compete at a higher level.

There is one particular school in Florida that we’ve been following. This school was in an area that was hit by the hurricanes last year. It is in a trailer park area so many lost their homes – the teacher told us that some students were living in cars because of this. The school has no theatre and no theatre program: this teacher had been brought into the school to start a program. Many of the students in the play (Tuna Fish Eulogy) had never been on stage before. At their district competition, 28 schools compete for 4 slots at the State level. And they did it! It’s highly competitive and no one expected this school to be competitive.

This is no walk-in-the-park play, either. I’d say it’s one of the most, if not the most challenging play in our catalogue. It is written in ladder format, which means actors read the text from top to bottom on the page instead of left to right. It’s poetic, time is incredibly fluid, and the characters do not act in a linear fashion. The play takes a lot of concentration and I couldn’t be more thrilled at this school’s success. I know that they are over the moon as well!

For me, it truly goes to show what determination and heart can do. It’s stories like this that make me glad I’m a playwright and that I write for high schools. It’s a vivid example of the power of theatre.

The best part is that I get to see the State production! I can’t wait.

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Lindsay Price

4 Comments

  • I am part of the techinical crew in Tuna Fish Eulogy at the high school. Our class, and the teacher, thank you. Thank you once again. We’ll see you at state :)

  • Hello,
    I played the Cherry’s mother in that one act and I just wanted to say that there are no words that I can use to describe how excited we are. We worked so hard to try and make it the best we could and we all really hope that you enjoy it when you see up perform in April. This play has brought a group of kids that were basically just minor aquaintences in a way that I feel like I’ve aquired a new family. Once again thank you so much for your support. Hope your holiday season was good.

  • Hey, I love your play, it has been the toughest challenge for me ever. I play Albert and I cannot wait to meet you, I have seen all the plays you have written at theatrefolk.com and I am amazed at your brillance in the art of playwrighting. Our stage manager, Chris Fleitis, is a young star when it comes to writing plays and I am sure he cannot wait to meet you either. I was so happy when our troupe number was called and we worked so hard to make the play work. Our drama teacher is one of the most wonderful and brilliant people I know and she directed her butt off to help us as best as she could. She has always been there for all her drama students and if a student comes to her willing to learn she is ready and willing to teach. Joan Taddie is not just a great teacher but a great friend as well, she has always been there for me. Oh geez, there I go again babbling about our drama teacher. We also could have never done this play without the determination of the amazing cast and crew. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts about our play, SEE YOU IN APRIL!!!!!!

  • Hello! My name is Katie and I play Albert?s Grandmother in Tuna Fish Eulogy.
    I absolutely love this play and your artistic vision.
    It?s almost overwhelming how excited our troupe is about you and your husband?s presence at state in April! :)
    I can?t wait to meet you and your husband! ^_^
    Also I am looking forward to hearing your comments for the tweaks we made to the script. :) lol
    Lots of love,
    Katie Flinn