Sandy Asher just notified me that our play, which she wrote inspired by my poetry, is being produced once again. This time it will be staged in Saint Pauls, North Carolina, April 20 – 23, 2012. I’ve lost track of how many times the play has been produced but the number keeps growing. Once it appeared in Europe. Anyway, here’s the official notice.
SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK
“…a lively and witty show certain to entertain kids and their parents” —News-Leader, Springfield, Mo.
Comedy. By Sandra Fenichel Asher. Inspired by the poetry of David L. Harrison. Optional incidental music by Ric Averill.
Cast: 2m., 2w., 1 either gender. Expandable to 13 roles, plus extras as desired. A light-hearted, high-energy look at one eventful day in the life of fourth-grader Samantha, the new girl in town, who has lost her beloved cat, Corky. At the bus stop, Samantha meets three wacky new friends who welcome her into their class, which just happens to be studying the animal kingdom. Their search for essay topics takes them from a dinner table’s chicken thighs to the pasture of a bull not pleased to see visitors. A wayward wad of bubble gum, tuba practice and a sticky baby sister later, the busy day finally peaks with the rescue of Corky.
Nineteen humorous—and sometimes serious—poems by David L. Harrison are woven into the script as dialogue. Instead of bursting into song, the characters break out into poetry! Incidental music composed especially for this play is available. Highly tourable by five actors. SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK also offers creative opportunities for a larger cast and/or audience participation. Minimal staging. Approximate running time: 45 minutes.