“Many of the basic tools – fully realized characters, careful plot development, plenty of conflict and action, contradiction and the unexpected, forward motion and tension – are as necessary for the playwright as they are for authors of narrative fiction."
"But a playwright must understand what theatre does best, which is asking the audience to use its imagination, suspending their disbelief in order to lose themselves in the action of the play. I am not as interested in naturalistic theatre as I am in creative use of the theatre space, a place where anything can happen.”
“People often ask me why I write for young adults. I suppose there’s a part of me that never quite grew up. I am drawn to the struggles young adults face - searching to find their authentic selves, what they will believe in and what they will leave behind. For many playwrights, including me, discovering ourselves and what we care about most is a lifelong challenge.”
He lays his fingers alongside mine and looks at me, recognition playing on his face.
Yes, I am alive, I tell him with my eyes, and by the look of him, I can tell he knows.
I am not drowned. I am Elin Jean in the body of a seal.
You think you've got me pegged, pinned.
You think you know me, but you don't.
How can you know me?
I'm not even sure I know myself.
Listen, listen to the sea.
There is a land far beneath.
Awaken, awaken from your sleep
to the mysteries down below.
"We did invite the Devil into our midst
and he will take us down to hell!"
"Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you must.
I dare you, lightning, strike! I am not afraid!"
"Some things can't be proved. You just believe them. No matter what happens now, I know what I have to do."
I am a bird. I soar above the Asch Building and in the clean air I can see the whole city stretched out below me. No one expects anything from me. No one is angry at me. No one tells me what to do. I am safe. I am free.
You see somethin' wrong with the world and there's only one question you gotta ask yourself: What are you gonna do about it?
As Christmas morning approaches, Laura faces a decision: Will she choose what is best for the family or will she find a way to stay with Ma, Pa, Mary and Carrie?
I was shunned too, you know."It felt worse than a thousand hot pokers in my eyes. I did everything I could to get away from the pain of it. I made myself into a piece of stone but the stone melted and I couldn't stop crying.
"People pass by each other every day. Somebody gets in an accident, there's danger, everyone just stands there staring at it, like its on TV and that's a tragedy."
Am I unique
Or some carbon copy?
How can I even know?
Will somebody please show me
who I am?
"Listen to me. You have to look out for yourself in this world. 'Cause nobody's gonna do it for you. You have to be smart.
Know what to expect."
What do you want? Your heart's desire. Your hottest fire. Wanna conspire? If you were set free to do what you please. Who would you be?
These stories navigate the world of LGBTQ high school students as they reveal their inner lives and ask all of us to stand up for their rights.
Eight year old Devon has a fight with his best friend, Stephanie who says, "I hate you." Devon is devastated, so sad that his Hurt, a funny little fellow in an oversized coat arrives and will not go away.
Set in a world of conflict, two feral children play only at what they know - war. They construct a meaningful world of their own based only on their scant memories of another time and a battered copy of Peter Pan, until they are forced to face the outside world.
"Listen, Dearheart. It is time for you to have a different kind of dream. Strong dreams. Dreams of the future. Waking dreams that show you what your future might be."