SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK

Hi everyone,

By now many of you have spotted Sandy Asher’s post of the latest news about our play (which she wrote inspired by my poetry) called SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK. It is about to be presented by Story Theater Company in Iowa City, Iowa, as its winter touring production. Directed by Caisha Johnson, this STC ON TOUR production will perform several shows for Ames area after-school programs in February and March of 2019 with a final showcase performance for the public on April 5 at STC’s Black Box Theater.

STC produces two main-stage productions, two black box shows, and a touring production each season as well as classes, camps, and workshops. They are particularly committed to reaching under served children. They have donated hundreds of free tickets to area social service agencies, provided scholarship aid to participants, and kept tickets reasonably priced, in their on-going effort to afford everyone the opportunity to experience live theater. https://www.storytheatercompany.org/

Maybe Sandy will have a better idea than I about how many times the play has been produced since it celebrated its world premier, directed by Maxine Whittaker, with original music by Ric Averill, in Springfield, Missouri, April 11-14, 2002. I remember at least once when it was produced in Europe. I’m always thrilled when a new production comes along. Thank you, Sandy, for making this happen!

Sandy and I collaborated on another play based on our novel in verse called JESSE AND GRACE: A BEST FRIENDS STORY. Again, Sandy wrote the play but in this case it was based on our story of Jesse and Grace, which we took turns writing. This one premiered in the Pollyanna Theatre Company, Austin, Texas, in June 2008, directed by Matetzschk-Campbell. That play won Distinguished Play of the Year from the Alliance of American Theatre and Education. Sandy received the honor in Chicago in 2011.

Pleasant surprises in the library

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The other day when we visited Jennifer’s new school, Sato Elementary School, one of my favorite rooms was the library. One — it’s a beautiful, airy room, and two — the first book I spotted was Sandy Asher’s title, CHICKEN STORY TIME and shortly after that I saw one of my own, JOHNNY APPLESEED, MY STORY. I LOVE those folks at Sato!

A new production of SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK

Hi everyone,

Sandy Asher has learned that SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK, the play she wrote in 2002 based on my poems and published by Dramatic Publishing, shows a production of the play scheduled at the LDS church in Provo, Utah on August 3.

I don’t know how many times the play has been produced but quite a few, including at least once in Europe. Sandy might know. SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK made its world premier in Springfield where I sat in the audience and glowed (or at least felt like it) when characters from my poems came to life on stage and, at appropriate times, recited various poems from my books. It’s like a musical but I’d call it a poetical.

Lunch with the Ashers

Hi everyone,

You all know Sandy Asher or know about her plays, novels, poetry, and educational books. She and I bring you the WRTITERS AT WORK series and we’ve worked together on several other projects including her play based on my work called SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK and a book we wrote together called JESSE AND GRACE (with a editor now). Earlier we did an anthology for boys called DUDE! We’ve also presented together numerous times, especially in the days when we created a live program that featured books for young people to encourage a joy for reading.

Sandy and Harvey lived in Springfield while raising their family. Harvey taught history at Drury and Sandy was Drury’s Writer in Residence. They moved to Pennsylvania so we rarely see one another these days. That’s why it’s such a pleasure that they’re in town regarding Sandy’s work and we’re getting together for lunch today.

A surprise from last year

Hi everyone,

Sandy Asher just shared her discovery that SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK was produced last year in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here’s an excerpt from the article.

“Victor J. Andrew High School Presents: Somebody Catch My Homework!

Theatre students of Victor J. Andrew High School will be putting on a fun, high energy production on Thursday, July 27th that they will also be presenting just a few days later at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland! The show is titled “Somebody Catch My Homework” and follows the everyday lives of fourth graders. Unlike a traditional musical, where the actors would break into song, in this production, they will break into poetry. Alex Craig, a student involved in the production said “We were looking to do something a little different for our show”. This family friendly, children’s show will be the only one they do before they bring it to Scotland.”

Sandy’s play, published by Dramatic Publishing, was first performed in Springfield, Missouri in 2002. She chose characters and poems from my work to pull together a class of 4th graders. I don’t know how many times the play has been produced now, but it has been several. This isn’t the first time it has appeared in another country.

Sandy, thanks for finding this and sharing it. Yay for SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK!