For the past four years I have participated in the National Foundation for the Arts’ Big Read events out in Massillon, Ohio. This year my fourth one-act play, We, the Jury, will be preformed by the talented students at Washington High School. This year’s Big Read book is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. When considering how to create a one-act play inspired by Lee’s Pulitzer winning novel, I thought about the issues and themes expressed in the book and how those might be reflected today. We, the Jury thus looks at recent issues of bullying, teen suicide, and homosexuality, and is set within the fractured jury system. The play has evoked strong reactions by those who have read it. I was hesitant at first to offer up this play because I wasn’t sure if it would cause an issue with parents and school officials out in Ohio. But under the support of Massillon Museum Educator, Jill Malusky, and Washington High School Theater Director, Eric J. Meyers, my play was not only approved by officials, but applauded. I am very excited to see the production, as my hope is that it will raise awareness on the issues of judgement and discrimination that Lee’s masterpiece brought to light.
Information on my previous three Big Read One-Act Plays, including links to videos of the plays, can be found in the Publications section of this website. Still shots from each play can be found in the Writing & Plays archive of this blog.
If you are in Ohio, or the immediate area, and you would like to see the play, the information is as follows:
One Act Plays
Join the Frets and Struts drama club, and a bevy of talented for a night of original One-Act Plays celebrating the writing style and themes in To Kill a Mockingbird. Free and open to all ages.
Event Location: Massillon Washington High School, Massillon, OH 44646
Date: Wed, Apr 24, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm