To possess one’s own home, however small, is the hope of every family in our country. That is the American ideal, born of an exquisite sentiment, nurtured by a long national tradition, and proved right by its innumerable practical advantages.” – President Herbert Hoover, 1932
What happens when we fail at achieving that ideal — the possession of one’s own home? What happens when we achieve it only to have it taken away? What is home and why is it so powerfully linked to our success as Americans? These are the questions explored in American Home.
Florence Rainwater is a ninety-year-old widow in Ann Arbor, Michigan who just wants to be in her home with her memories until her last day. Mike and Dana Washington are a thirty-something couple who thought they would be in their dream home in the hills of Los Angeles forever, or at least until they could trade-up. Prosperity Preacher Paula never imagined in her wildest dreams that her Florida mega-church would ever be threatened by foreclosure. And Robbie West, Michigan cop, just wants to help people and does not enjoy kicking them out of their homes.
Playwright Stephanie Alison Walker based American Home on her very own foreclosure story. The first draft was written in the midst of her fight to save her Los Angeles home from foreclosure in 2008/2009.
UPCOMING: THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR
Jul 24, 2010
I’m delighted to announce that my ten-minute play The Chocolate Affair is a part of the Stillspeaking Theatre Company’s production – THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE – on August 6th, 7th & 8th in San Marino, CA.
THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR is only one of ten one-act plays that make up the festival.
Here is the complete line-up: THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE
VOID by Don Tongue In the beginning there was a void and the void was not good.
SELDOM IS HEARD by Mary Steelsmith Hannah and Ivan (just back from Afghanistan) reclaim the American Dream.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Jon Wright After announcing wedding plans, Jack and Caroline come face to face with… EACH OTHER in a slice from an exciting new Rock musical.
AMANDA SPLIT by Dale Griffiths Stamos A young woman literally divided between her rational mind and her carnal desires faces down a beautiful young man and there’s an explosion.
THE PHOTOGRAPH by Mona Deutsch Miller A pair of former lovers looks back with longing and regret on the kiss that defined their lives.
TIME FLIES by David Ives Time flies when you’re having fun, right? So, what do you do if you’re a lowly mayfly on your first (and last… and ONLY) date…and the clock is running out?
CURRENT SEASON by Vanessa David Life isn’t easy when you’re a plastic reindeer lawn decoration. Don’t worry— you’re not in it alone.
ROSA’S EULOGY by Richard Strand This one’s for all you cat lovers out there. But really, aren’t we ALL God’s creatures?
THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR by Stephanie Alison Walker Torn between two candies and feeling like a fool. When you’re being such a “good girl” in your “regular” life, is it wrong to want some illicit sweetness when you THINK nobody’s around?
THE COOKING GENE by Jonathan Dorf A Home Ec project ends up creating a recipe for courage when a high school baseball player and his boyfriend get honest about what’s cooking.
A PLAY A DAY FOR 30 DAYS
Feb 26, 2010
A play a day for 30 days? We call that a Playwright Binge and the next one begins on Monday, March 1. The idea is to make at least one submission a day for the entire month. It doesn’t have to be a different play a day. Just a different submission. For must of us, marketing our work doesn’t come easy. The ‘binge’ community helps!
From the Playwright Binge Yahoo Group site:
This is a group for playwrights interested in period marketing “binges” where they exchange information, meet marketing challenges (like sending out a script a day for 30 days), and report back to the group.
Here are some sample FAQs…
What is the Binge? It’s really two things. First, it’s a Yahoo group that’s turned into a supportive, online community for playwrights, with a focus on marketing and the business end of playwriting.
Secondly, it’s a challenge that the group takes twice a year (starting March 1 and September 1)—to make a submission a day, every day, for 30 days. During the Binge, writers make submissions and then report to the group about what they sent, where, and why. These 30 days end up being a fun way to get a lot of play marketing done, while also exchanging a lot of information and building good habits.
What if I can’t submit every day? That’s okay. We’re not going to kick you out of the group. Some people just don’t have the time to submit every day and end up clumping instead. Use the Binge however it works best for you. But do join in and start making submissions and sharing what you’re up to.
When did the Binge start? The first Binge started in 2002, when Patrick Gabridge issued the challenge to a dozen or so writers and set up an e-mail list. The group has grown steadily over the years and now has more than 450 playwrights from around the world.
So, if you’re a playwright looking for some motivation and support… check out the Playwright Binge
I’ve never made it to 30 submissions. Not yet. This binge I will. I’m determined. I’ll be sending out my new play AMERICAN HOME as well as a new ten-minute play and my full-length THE ART OF DISAPPEARING. The goal? Productions! Productions! Productions!
One last note. I was introduced to the Binge by the fabulously talented playwright EM Lewis. She has a blog. You should check that out too. It’s called Prayers to Broken Stone.
AMERICAN HOME: STAGED READING OF NEW PLAY IN L.A.
Jan 28, 2010
On Monday, February 15th at 8PM a staged reading of my new playAmerican Home will be presented as part of the Living Room Series at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood.
By Stephanie Alison Walker
Directed by John Billingsley
Chris L. McKenna
When: Monday, February 15 at 8PM
Where: The Blank (2nd Stage Theatre) 6500 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Wilcox)
Cost: free, but they ask $8 suggested donation
American Home is about what happens when Americans lose their foothold in the American Dream. It follows several people in various stages of life losing their homes to foreclosure. It’s about people forced to renegotiate the American Dream, the extremes people go to when faced with losing everything and the resilience of the American spirit.
WHO IS SAW?
Aug 14, 2009
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who is Stephanie Alison Walker?
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Here’s my bio:
Stephanie Alison Walker is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced across the United States from New York City to Los Angeles and internationally in Australia, Singapore, The Philippines and Japan. She is the winner of the 2008 South Florida Theatre Festival Audience Favorite Grand Prize for The Women’s Theatre Project production of her play Three Fittings, a finalist for the prestigious Princess Grace Playwriting Award 2008 for The Art of Disappearing, and a semi-finalist for the 2009 HotCity Greenhouse Festival of New Plays in St. Louis.
In print, her play The Chocolate Affair is published in Ten 10-Minute Plays (Black Box Press) and Hollywood Hills is published in Best Ten Minute Plays 2008: 2 Actors (Smith & Kraus). On screen her play Back Roads (which was part of the 2007 “10 by 10 in the Triangle”) was turned into a short film that premiered at the 2008 Women’s Int’l Film Festival in Miami.
Stephanie is a graduate of USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program, is a proud member of Lizard Claw Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild of America and is the creator of the blog “Love in the Time of Foreclosure” – featured on NPR’s Planet Money, Business Week Magazine, Chicago Magazine and The Huffington Post.