Somebody Catch My Homework!

Hi everyone,

Sandy Asher told me yesterday about a new production of SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK coming up soon in South Carolina. I’ve told you about the play before but it’s always fun to see it coming to another stage.

Somebody Catch My Homework
By Sandra Fenichel Asher. Inspired by the poetry of David L. Harrison. Optional incidental music by Ric Averill.
Product Code: SH8000

One-act Play
Comedy
Cast size: 2m., 2w., 1 either gender. Expandable to 13 roles, plus extras as desired.
Awards: The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award
Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

Synopsis
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.

SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday’s mail included a royalty statement from Dramatic Publishing, the publisher of Sandra Fenichel Asher (Sandy Asher)’s play, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEOWORK, whose characters were inspired by my poetry. The play was first produced by Good Company Theatre for All Ages at the Vandivort Center Theatre in Springfield, Missouri, April 11-14, 2002, directed by Maxine Whittaker. Since then it has been produced numerous times, including at least once abroad, and I’m delighted each time.

According to this latest summary of activity, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK was produced on May 18, 2019 at the University of South Carolina Upstate and on May 27, 2019 by Westbridge Children’s Theatre. I’m proud and happy that this play is still so active seventeen years after it’s 2002 debut.

This is a one-act play that features a class of 4th grade students. There’s a new kid, a missing cat, a school bus, and plenty of action to keep young audiences entertained. Sandy chose poems from my various published (and unpublished) work at the time and I was wonderfully surprised that she found enough characters to populate her highly entertaining play. It’s sort of like a musical except when actors open their mouths, instead of singing, they perform my poetry. Yes!

For more information about how to bring the play to a school or other kid friendly venue near you, contact Dramatic Publishing, 311 Washington St., Woodstock, IL 60098. Telephone: 800-448-7469. Sandy can also provide more insight into the play so you can contact her too.
http://sandyasher.com
http://usawrites4kids.blogspot.com
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A brief series of favorite poems and their histories, #5

Hi everyone,

Here’s #5 in the list of my favorite poems.

This poem originally appeared in my first collection of poems for young people, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK, published in 1993 by Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press. “My Book” has been widely distributed and anthologized. In 2004 it was chosen to be sandblasted into the sidewalk of a new Children’s Garden at the Burton Barr Public Library in Phoenix sponsored by the Phoenix Suns basketball team. I was flown to Phoenix to read the poem at the ribbon cutting ceremony. The Arizona Attorney General introduced me. In 2013 in Pueblo, Colorado the poem was painted around a new bookmobile that served children in rural and underserved areas.

My Book

I did it!
I did it!
Come and look
At what I’ve done!
I read a book!

When someone wrote it
Long ago
For me to read,
How did he know
That this was the book
I’d take from the shelf
And lie on the floor
And read by myself?

I really read it!
Just like that!
Word by word,
From first to last!

I’m sleeping with
This book in bed,
This first FIRST book
I’ve ever read!

(c) David L. Harrison, all rights reserved

Another production of SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Sandy Asher learned that her play inspired by my poetry, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK, will be produced in South Carolina in April. We knew about the upcoming tour in and around Ames, Iowa in February and March so this is new and welcome news. Here’s the description.

Somebody Catch My Homework
A Comedy by Sandra Fenichel Asher
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.
Touring local elementary schools in April 2019
Public Performance
April 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Humanities and Performing Arts Center – Studio Theatre

If any of you or someone you know lives in the vicinity of Ames, Iowa or Spartanburg, South Carolina area, let me know and I’ll get more information about how to attend the public productions.

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.