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This will be an abbreviated version of the newsletter, but I'll be back with a fuller one sometime soon. First, though, for those who have been or are about to be in the path of one of the hurricanes, please be safe. Sending you good wishes. And now...

I am currently working on a new play for teens, working title Other, about issues of ethnicity and immigration (among other things)
 here in America. This is where I could use your help. I've created a survey about some of these issues, and I am hoping to get responses from a diverse group of young people. Teachers, particularly if you have classes that are ethnically diverse, I'd be greatly appreciative if you'd encourage your students to offer up their thoughts. And if you're a teen on this list, I'd love to hear from you.

I've put together a survey for my research through Google Forms. It is completely anonymous:

I am excited to announce that Me, My Selfie and I, my new one-act dramedy, will premiere jointly at Lompoc High School (Lompoc, CA) and Westmont High School (Campbell, CA) at the end of September. In a few lines:

We live in a world of social media, recording our every experience. Through a series of scenes and monologues, we'll meet a group of teens struggling to find the balance between documenting their lives and living them.

35-40 minutes. 2-20+ females, 2-20+ males (6-40+ performers possible). Scripts and performance rights (beginning October 1) are available through YouthPLAYS here!

My complete playwriting course in a book is ready to help you with plenty of no-nonsense, practical advice and lots of writing exercises. Pick up your copy from YouthPLAYS today!

Want to study with me online? My next Introduction to Playwriting class through Screenwriters University begins on September 14.

Best of all, why not bring me to your school or conference in person? I love doing guest artist visits, so if you'd like to know more, email me and let's talk! (I'm also available for virtual instruction via Skype, as well as script consulting.)  


As you may know, I
 have many plays that are well-suited for schools and youth theatres. Everything from wacky one-act comedies like Just Add Zombies and Harry's Hotter at Twilight to thoughtful "dramadies" like 4 A.M., After Math, Dear Chuck, The Magic Hour and Rumors of Polar Bears. For a complete listing of my "teen favorites,"
click here! Need recommendations? Just ask me!

Did you know that my website has monologues and scenes that are free for classroom or audition use? Now you do!

More soon, but in the meantime, take good care.

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Recent News
World Premiere!!!
Me, My Selfie & I co-premiered at Lompoc High School (Lompoc, CA) and Westmont High School (Campbell, CA) at the end of September. This one-act with a flexible cast introduces us to a group of teens as they struggle to find the balance between documenting their lives and living them. 
Take My Online Playwriting Course!
Want to study playwriting from the comfort of your home, workplace or anywhere at all?  In Introduction to Playwriting, you'll get all of the basics of playwriting and be well on your way to writing a new play, but you don't even have to get out of bed if you don't want to!  Look for a new session this summer.  Get more information and enroll here:
The Midnight Club is Now Published!
Read a sample of my latest play, the short comedy The Midnight Club, my teen monster-themed homage to the classic John Hughes 80s film. It's now published by Playscripts as part of a new collection, Scared Silly!
Playwriting Webinars!
Now available for purchase, two great webinars from yours truly! Each is nearly 90 minutes and packed with info (with a PowerPoint too!):
Playwriting 101:  Everything You Need to Know to Write a Play
Writing Plays for Young People: How to Write for the Biggest Market Nobody Knows About

Upcoming Productions
After Math
Philip Barbour High School (Philippi, WV), December 2017
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
Arlington Middle School (Poughkeepsie, NY), December 2017
The Midnight Club
Avon Middle High School (Avon, MA), January 2018
4 A.M.
Lincoln High School (Manitowoc, WI), January 2018
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Hillard City School District (Columbus, OH), January 2018
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Hillard City School District (Columbus, OH), January 2018
Dear Chuck
Syracuse Arts Academy (Syracuse, UT), January 2018
The Midnight Club
Valley Southwoods IHSSA (West Des Moines, IA), January 2018
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Atholton High School (Columbia, MD), January 2018
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
I.S. 75 - United Activities Unlimited (Staten Island, NY), January 2018
4 A.M.
Garretson Schools (Garretson, SD), January 2018
Me, My Selfie & I
The Crefeld School (Philadelphia, PA), January 2018
The Midnight Club
Freehold High School (Freehold, NJ), January 2018
High School (non) Musical
Nevada Theatre Department (Nevada, MO), January 2018
The Magic Hour
North Branch High School (North Branch, MI), January 2018
Me, My Selfie & I
Pembina Trails School Division (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), January 2018
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Trinity Episcopal (Austin, TX), January 2018
4 A.M.
Redwood Valley High School (Redwood Falls, MN), January 2018
Me, My Selfie & I
Berkhamsted School (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom), January 2018
After Math
Palmer Ridge High School (Colorado Springs, CO), February 2018
4 A.M.
Tigard High School (Tigard, OR), February 2018
The Magic Hour
Viking Theatre (Rock Hill, SC), February 2018
4 A.M.
Thurso Players (Caithness, United Kingdom), February 2018
High School (non) Musical
Montrose Area School District (Montrose, PA), March 2018
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Del Valle High School (Del Valle, TX), April 2018
High School (non) Musical
Coakley Middle School Drama Club (Norwood, MA), June 2018
After Math
Pope John Paul II High School (Hendersonville, TN), November 2018
Great Expectations, or What I Did On My Summer Vacation: Next up, a ten-minute parody of Great Expectations to be part of YouthPLAYS' upcoming Lit on Fire anthology of high school reading list parodies.
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