Chosen for its performability, idyllic simplicity, and innocent approach to tragedy, “We All Have Our Things” captured first place in the fall 2016 SLAM script contest. Written by recent C@SE graduate, Taylor Oliver, “We All Have Our Things” will be published in the 2017 spring magazine and will be performed this upcoming semester by Southeastern’s Performing Arts Club (PAC). Oliver’s play is scheduled to be staged on April 21 or 22, so watch SLAM media outlets for an announcement about the exact time of the performance.
Here is a teaser of the opening dialogue between Lila, a chattering and inquisitive little girl, and Mr. Farland, a perceptive and grandfatherly old gentleman:
We All Have Our Things
Mr. Farland Jenkins, old man and Hartford resident
Lila Edwards, little girl
Mr. Henry McGreggor
Mrs. Edwards, Lila’s mom
Darla, Lila’s school friend
The stage is set in Bridgeport, Connecticut in October. The leaves on the trees have changed into three different colors and the city park is vibrant with people. Mr. Jenkins sits quietly on a bench in the center of the park and carefully observes the passersby. He searches around in his pocket for a cert when a little girl sits down next to him to tie her shoe.
LILA [Mindlessly sits on the park bench. Aachoo! Sniffle]: Eyes and ears and mouth and nose! Head shoul—Oops, sorry, sir. My mother always says I sing too much, and too loud! What is your name? Oh rats, Lila! My mom also told me never to talk to strangers, but you don’t look scary. I think it might be the white hair.
FARLAND [chuckles]: Don’t mind me Miss. You haven’t bothered me at all. My name is Farland. Farland Jenkins. It looks like you’ve got a difficult shoe there! Is everything all right? Lila, is it?
LILA: Yes sir, Lila. It’s just these Catholic School shoes are so…uh!!
[She stretches the Velcro as far as it will go]
…so big they keep falling off my feet when I try to play. My mom thinks Catholic Schools are the best school there are, and that’s why I go there [still humming]. But I don’t like Catholic School I like drawing. Mr. Farland, did you ever go to Catholic School?
Read the full story in our spring 2017 magazine and mark your calendars for the upcoming performance in April.