It’s really going to happen

Hi everyone,

My blog can’t post the picture that goes with this Dramatists Guild of America announcement but here’s the body of the text. I’m very proud of this and look forward to the reading with Sandy Asher on February 9. You can watch it free but you have to register. (

by Dramatists Guild of America

Event Information
An online reading of JESSE AND GRACE: A BEST FRIENDS STORY by Sandy Asher and David Harrison as part of Philadelphia’s DG Footlights™.
About this Event
Philadelphia’s DG Footlights™ on Zoom continues with Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story by Sandy Asher and David Harrison.

Jesse and Grace have been best friends forever. It’s never mattered that Jesse is a boy and Grace is a girl. They’ve always understood each other, protected each other, comforted each other, and shared their jokes, toys, dreams, and love of poetry and basketball. But now they’re in 4th grade and about to celebrate their 10th birthdays. When Grace writes a birthday poem and gives it to Jesse at school, their classmates begin a routine of nonstop teasing: “Jesse’s got a girlfriend! Gracie’s got a boyfriend!” Denial only makes things worse. Hurt and confused, Jesse crumples up the poem and throws it away. Now it’s Grace’s turn to be hurt and confused. Before long, the two have stopped speaking to each other. Each goes in search of a new best friend and soon finds that no one else fills the bill quite as perfectly. Try as they might to avoid each other, they’re in the same class, and all eyes are upon them. Unable to avoid each other—or the teasing—and secretly longing to forgive and forget, Jesse and Grace finally discover that “A best friend is the best kind of friend of all.”

DG Footlights™ is a program, created and moderated by the Dramatists Guild, that connects dramatists with free space in which to hold a public reading of a new work that is currently in development. This initiative operates on a space-grant model: a representative from the Guild will arrange for a venue to donate space during allocated dates and times, and will ensure that the space is available for dramatists to use to present a self-produced reading to the public, with an optional feedback session following the reading. Attendance is always free and open to all.

Good news about Jesse and Grace

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Sandy Asher learned from Marjorie Bicknell,
Philadelphia Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild of America, that we’ve been accepted to present a reading of Jesse and Grace, A Best Friends Story, (adapted for ZOOM reading
or radio by two actors of any age) as part of a project called Footlights Readings. A total of eleven readings will be presented between February and July. Ours will lead off the schedule on February 9. All readings will be on Zoom. They are free and open to the public. More details as we get them. We have a director and have rehearsed twice during the process of honing the manuscript down to meet time requirements. There’s more work ahead but it’s all good and I look forward to the event.