Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dizzy Fantastic: A Play!

Yes, it's been too long since I last wrote. This tends to happen. During the school year I get busy teaching and trying to maintain a writing life, and I let my social-media presence slip. Then the summer comes around, and you all start hearing more from me than you want to. Mea culpa.

So I want to share the world's coolest news.
The school I teach at, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, is going to put on Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle as its middle-school fall play. Our brand-new performing arts center will open in the fall, and Dizzy will be its first production!
I'm a third of the way through the script and will finish it this summer with time for revisions.
I'm very, very grateful and excited.

I remember reading a few years back that Louis Sachar's Small Steps would be put on as a play by the Oregon Children's Theatre. In an interview, Sachar's excitement for this play seemed to rival what he felt when Holes became a movie. Now, I've never had one of my stories turned into a movie, so I can't compare one experience to the other--but I can say it's pretty thrilling to think that something I spent silent moments of my life creating and that readers have spent silent moments of their life recreating will now be made visual and communal.