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Recently, my sister was recognized as a playwright by Palm Beach County. Her play, Bruises Beneath, was selected out of thousands to be performed at a local theatre and she was granted a check for $250 and her play will be published professionally. The night the play was premiered, we attended Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach, near Danzco Hardwood Floors, a reputable company Flooring Columbia, MD.

The night was filled with exuberant parents and friends cheering on all of the winners. My sister’s play went on as the sixth play of the night, where the story described a high school student who was in an abusive relationship. The play focused on gender stereotypes and how men ‘can’t’ be abused because ‘that’s just not how it works’. The story was a strong dialogue between two cheerleaders who were experiencing effects from relationship stereotypes.

I was extremely proud of my sister for writing such a powerful and social-politic topic that brought hope for many who have experienced abuse. For more information about her play, here’s what they have to say:

“Palm Beach Dramaworks introduces our Young Playwrights Ten-Minute Play Contest and festival! Our goal is to introduce the joy of writing for the live theatre to young people and to give teens a creative voice in expressing their thoughts and ideas. Our program encourages students to write about subjects that are meaningful to them and to give you the educator tools to incorporate playwriting into your theatre or language arts classrooms. Detailed lesson plans and helpful resources are found below.”

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is situated on the campus of a small, New England university. George and Martha the main characters, open the scene coming home from a party at her father’s house.

The main characters obviously and clearly care deeply for each other but eventually turned their marriage into an unpleasant battle between two discontented, cynical enemies. The couple is expecting guests: the new math professor and his wife even though the pair steps in their home at two o’clock in the morning.

Of course, it appears that this new, junior professor, Nick, works in the biology department. Nick and his wife, Honey, steps into a brutish social situation. Martha and George try to fight and shame each other in new, creative ways in the first act, “Fun and Games.” George and Martha use Honey and Nick as pawns, as they peel away each other’s simulation and self-respect morphing their guests into an audience to witness embarrassment, into levers for creating envy, and into a means for expressing their own sides of their shared story.

 These games get even distasteful in the second act, “Walpurgisnacht.” The evening resulted in a nightmare. George and Martha even besiege Honey and Nick, aiming to force them to disclose their dirty secrets and true selves. Comes the last act, “The Exorcism,” everyone’s private affair have been disclosed and purged. Honey and Nick go home, as Martha and George left trying to rebuild their fractured marriage.

The motion picture, starred by Hollywood prime actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, led Edward Albee’s play to be recollected as an intoxicated marital conflict. It is also noteworthy that Albee wrote the play in the early 1960s when America was slowly manifesting from the narcoleptic Eisenhower years and when a fragile Cold War peace relies on the balance of extreme fear.

Albee’s masterpiece incorporates not only history and science but even tackles religion in that Nick’s father-in-law was a traveling minister who managed to reconcile God and Mammon. We only realize this later. Most of us are hypnotized by the display of a couple tearing each other apart while our eyes glued watching the play.

Now appears the perfect time to revive Albee’s enduring masterpiece about the danger of living in a world of illusions as America is presently engaged in its own form of post-truth politics.



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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar is a Roman politician and general who represents a critical role in the events that led to the downfall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. He is also known as a well-known author of Latin prose. The play Julius Caesar is tragic in origin written in 1599, the same year it was performed at the Globe Theatre, London.

Caesar came back in victory from the war against Pompey, though tribunes Marullus and Flavius express their dissatisfaction to the people at the outcome. A seer warns Caesar to be cautious the Ides of March during the celebrations. Regardless of learning from Casca that he had refused the people’s offer of the crown, Cassius and Brutus talk over their fears that Caesar’s ambition is to become king.

During a stormy night that has been full of unusual events, Casca, Cassius, and Cinna meet and agree they need to win Brutus over to their cause, the removal of Caesar. In the meanwhile, Brutus has been thinking about the dangers of having Caesar crowned, so he agrees to the assassination plot when the conspirators arrive at his house. He is resisting to divulge his intentions to his wife, Portia, but yields to her enticement.

Caesar’s wife Calpurnia, strive to persuade him not to go to the Capitol, scared by dreams and omens. He agrees, but Decius reinterprets the omens in a favorable light and brushing aside a warning on the way from Artemidorus, he leaves. The conspirators kill him, Caesar, when he refuses to grant Metellus Cimber’s suit. Mark Antony, Caesar’s friend meets the conspirators, who permit him to speak at Caesar’s funeral next to Brutus’ own speech. Brutus defend their action against the citizens and obtained their support, but Antony’s speech awaken them against the conspirators, and Brutus and Cassius escape. Cinna the poet was killed by the angry people, thinking him as Cinna the conspirator.

Together with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus, Antony forms a triumvirate and they formulate the deaths of the conspirators and mold an army. After a fierce personal quarrel, Brutus and Cassius join forces at Sardis, concurring to fight together at Philippi. Messala brings news of the events at Rome and reveals that Portia has killed herself. During the night, Caesar’s ghost visits Brutus and informs him that he will meet him at Philippi.

The battle begins. Cassius instructs his servant Pindarus to kill him thinking they are defeated. His servant obeys, but it is then revealed that the news was false, as Brutus had gained a lead. Another further leads to Brutus’ conquer, and he too commits suicide. Antony and Octavius arrange to bury him with honor as they recognize Brutus’ nobility.

Julius Caesar corroborate that controversy isn’t needed for relevance and after 400 years, Shakespeare’s words hold up to this day.


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Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon, an epic, stunning adaptation of Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly, by the writers behind Les Miserables, a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil and lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. Reworking Puccini’s story by setting it during the Vietnam War, Miss Saigon is a powerful and poignant tale of love in a war-torn country.

Americans are losing the war and villagers were searching for refuge from the Viet Cong in Saigon. One of the villagers is Kim, a poor 17-year-old girl who saw the horrible death of her family. She becomes a stripper to survive at the Dreamland club, owned by The Engineer. She meets young American GI, Chris Scott while working at the Dreamland club. Kim and Chris fall in love but, when Saigon falls, the American GI is evacuated.

Chris eventually marries an American woman, Ellen while still fighting with the horrors of the war and having to leave Kim in Vietnam.

After two years, Chris’s got news from a friend, fellow G.I., John Thomas, informing Chris that he and Kim had a child. Ellen, Chris’ wife is having a hard time accepting this part of Chris’ life and both of them went to Bangkok to meet with Kim and her young son. Kim is ascertained that her son, Tam, deserves a better life, requests Chris to take him back to America with him. Kim takes her own life, believing she has no choice, knowing that Chris will be forced to take care of their son.

Miss Saigon is a tragic story of love that breaks the heart in pieces with it’s passionate, intense and heart-snatching honesty. Miss Saigon is a theatrical experience that will linger with you for years to come.

On 20 September 1989, the musical gave its first performance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, and after over four thousand performances, on 30 October 1999, it ended its run. In 1991, it opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre and eventually played in many other cities and embarked on tours.

It was claimed that Miss Saigon had set a new world record for opening day ticket sales, with sales in excess of £4m as reported, prior to the opening of the 2014 London revival.

Following Les Misérables in 1985, the musical represented Schönberg and Boublil second major success. Miss Saigon remains Broadway’s thirteenth longest-running show as of September 2015.

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American musical Hairspray is based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The music was by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. The songs patterned from the “downtown” rhythm and blues and 1960s-style dance music.

Based against the backdrop of a racially dissociated 1962 Baltimore, the story of Tracy Turnblad begin where black kids are only allowed to dance on The Corny Collins TV show one day a month, based a local TV dance program on the real-life Buddy Deane Show.

When Tracy gained a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful diversity of characters, as Tracy campaigns for the show’s integration leading to social change. Big-hearted Tracy bravely fights for the rights of her black friends and ultimately triumphs aside from fighting for her right to dance. The love story plot – Tracy also wins the heart of her crush, Link Larkin – but really is secondary to the main action. It is still sadly relevant to the issues of bigotry in Hairspray.

But although the show has powerful lessons for the young and old audience members- it never falls into the corny territory or comes across as priggish – thanks to some enjoyable humor and powerhouse performances.
This new production shows a tremendous vocal talent in numbers including Good Morning Baltimore and the popular You Just Can’t Stop The Beat – the whole ensemble cast shine.

Nothing belittles from the fact that the show is pure entertainment, comedic on the side from start to finish but it is a proof to Hairspray’s enduring appeal that it handles issues of racial tensions so skillfully.
It makes no difference to the huge amount of enjoyment it offers from watching the sensational band and cast although this traveling production has a very simple set.

Hairspray won eight Tony Awards in 2003, and out of 13 nominations, it got the recognition for Best Musical. It ran for 2,642 performances in the Broadway production. Hairspray was adapted as a 2007 musical film and had national tours, including London West End production, and many foreign productions. It got nominated on the London production, for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four including Best New Musical.

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