Playwriting Teaching Drama

Haters Gonna Hate – A Rebuttal

This is a rebuttal, of sorts, to Lindsay’s post from yesterday, where she discussed the negative feedback we occasionally get about our work.

I’ve been there too. I’ve seen the disapproving glance; the arched eyebrow; the patronizing smirk. The opinion that plays published specifically for student performers can’t possibly have any real-world merit or weight.

I know they’re wrong. I know that opinions like this (particularly without having read any of our plays) come from a place of insecurity. But I still take it oh-so-personally. I’m affected just the same way Lindsay is.

Here’s what keeps me going. These are excerpts from emails we’ve received in the last week:

Your company is so amazing – why don’t the other licensing companies make it this easy?

This particular newsletter is one of the best script writing resources I have come across

I hope Shout! continues being produced; it offers so much to young actors/singers to grow with.

I am so glad that I found your website. Looks like some really great plays for young people.

Congratulations on writing such a great play – one that a entire class can put on!!!

Let me first of all say ‘thank you’ for writing such wonderful plays for young people.

I know that our plays impact kids in positive ways every single day of the week, of the month, of the year. There are kids who only graduated high school because they wanted to act in one of our plays. There are countless students who have spoken on stage for the first (and perhaps only) time in a Theatrefolk play. Kids have gotten scholarships with Lindsay’s monologues.

Recently I was telling someone about what we have to offer. He raised an disapproving eyebrow and said, “Well, I suppose there’s a market for that.” Yes, sir. Yes there is!

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Craig Mason


  • Allow me to join with those who absolutely support what you are doing.

    My last show in high school was a production of Lindsay’s “Tuna Fish Eulogy” and I had an absolutely fantastic time working on that production. I still regard that experience as a part of the reason that I ended up going into theatre. And here I am, eight years after that production, a member of CAEA making my living as a stage manager.

    As far as I know, my high school still does some of your scripts, and I hope they continue to do so.