As many of you know, Sandy Asher and I are taking the summer off from the regular Tuesday feature, WRITERS AT WORK. Reason? We’re at work. Sandy just wrapped up a Writers Retreat in Honesdale and both of us are involved in a number of our own projects.
However, I want to brag on Sandy a bit because she has been reeling in the awards and accolades lately. One biggie was being invited to create a script and take it to New York University’s historic Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village (where Eugene O’Neill’s plays debuted) as part of their annual new play development program.
Sandy chose a to create a one-woman play based on Ilga Vise, a courageous and charming woman with survival stories of her World War II experiences in Europe. The play was rehearsed during the week of June 6 and presented on June 11 and 12. In the audience were Ilga, her husband Sidney, and numerous friends and supporters, many of whom flew halfway across the country to be present.
This month Sandy will receive the Distinguished Play Award for Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story at the annual conference of American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Sandy’s play is based on a book of poetry that she and I wrote in which we assume the lives of Jesse (that’s me) and Grace (Sandy), two fourth grade students and lifelong best friends who must work through a serious problem in their relationship. I’m sad that I can’t be in the audience the night of July 29 to watch Sandy receive her award but I can share the good news here.
This is the invitation. It’s the first time AATE has announced these prestigious awards in advance of the event.
With delight, the Board of Directors of the
The American Alliance for Theatre and Education
cordially invites you to attend
Friday, July 29, 2011
at 6 o’clock in the evening
at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel,
Grand Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois
Please join us as we honor the following award recipients: (Click here to open invitation.)
A dinner reception will immediately follow the Awards Ceremony.
The Awards Ceremony does not require tickets and is free to all conference registrants.
Reception tickets may be purchased for five dollars through the AATE National Office or onsite until Thursday, July 28.
Way to go, Sandy!