John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

Good words to have

Plagiarius, the Latin source of plagiary, literally means "kidnapper." Plagiarius has its roots in the noun plagium, meaning both "kidnapping" and "the netting of game," and ultimately in the noun plaga, meaning "net."
The literal sense of plagiarius was adopted into English; in the 17th and early 18th century, a kidnapper might be referred to as a plagiary, and, in the legalese of the time, kidnapping as plagium.
Plagiarius also referred to a literary thief—and that sense was lifted into the English language in the word plagiary, which can be used for one who commits literary theft (now usually referred to as a plagiarist) or the act or product of such theft (now, more commonly, plagiarism).

Valedictory (val-uh-DIK-tuh-ree) of or relating to an act of bidding farewell: expressing or containing a farewell. Since a valedictory speech is given at the end of an academic career, it is perfectly in keeping with the meaning of its Latin ancestor, valedicere, which means "to say farewell."

When the ancient Greeks had questions or problems, they would turn to the gods for answers by consulting an oracle. The word oracle has several meanings. It can refer to the god's answer, to the shrine that worshippers approached when seeking advice, or to the person through whom the god communicated, usually in the form of cryptic verse. The words oracular and oracle trace back to the Latin verb orare, which means "to speak."
Today, oracle can simply mean an authoritative pronouncement or a person who makes such pronouncements—for example, "a designer who is an oracle of fashion." The related adjective oracular is used in similar contexts: "a designer who is the oracular voice of fashion."

Liberare: Latin, to set free, to liberate

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions— Albert Einstein

My advice to young people as they go through this life

Learn to love the sound of your feet walking away from things not meant for you.
You will make mistakes, you will act irrationally, commit some wrongs that cannot be fully righted. From time to time, some people will dislike you and misunderstand you, sometimes for a reason sometimes for no reason.
None of these make you a bad person or for that matter makes you anything at all.
Try your best to be kind and just and fair to people, grow and learn and be happy.

I adore Charles Bukowski

 I am
a series of
small victories
and large defeats
and I am as
as any other
I have gotten
from there to

   Charles Bukowski


Backpack Theatre Company seeks musicals
Seeking New Musicals for Fully Directed, 29-Hour Reading
The chosen musical will receive a fully-paid, directed, and staged AEA 29-hour reading (with writers full participation in the room) with a final presentation for Industry Professionals.
The musical will be assigned a professional Director/ Choreographer, Musical Director, and Stage Manager.


The Scratchpad Series, our newest program, jumpstarts The Realm’s relationship with early-career playwrights by doing one of the things we do best: listening to what playwrights need and then giving it to them. Whether it’s a place to hear a rough draft aloud for the first time, space to fine tune a more mature work or time to focus in on a particular aspect of a piece, we want to give playwrights what they need to thrive. Scratchpad is a chance for us to engage with a whole new group of playwrights each year, erasing limitations of geography or access by working to identify early career playwrights from all across the country to participate. 


London Horror Festival
Following the success of last year’s festival, the Old Red Lion Theatre in Angel will play host to the LHF for a second year. We welcome a broad range of horror theatre, comedy, magic, and performance art, from psychological spine-chillers to all-out splatter, improvised ghost stories to grotesque stand-up and séance magic to body horror, and almost anything else imaginable. Our purpose is to foster new talent as well as nurturing the already burgeoning live horror scene within the UK. We look forward to hearing from exciting performers and companies from all disciplines looking to create some ghoulish entertainment and art this Halloween.

*** FOR MORE INFORMATION about these and other opportunities see the web site at http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***


The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.


Lesson Plan: Civil War Play

Goals: Students will identify and connect with the real people of the Civil War in a variety of ways.

1. Students will learn and appreciate the fact that the war involved friends fighting against friends.
2. Students will be able to identify three different roles that women played in the Civil War.
3. Students will be able to discern which details of the play are true and which are added for literary purposes.
4. Students will use what they have learned to find appropriate costumes, props, and make scenery appropriate to the time period.




The Association of Lincoln Presenters

Puts on a show that includes a Union soldier. Lincoln tells how a poor boy made good and encourages honesty, reading, and integrity. The Union soldier tells of camp life. We use history, music, and humor, to K thru 8th grade students. We also play at birthday parties and special events. Lincoln also speaks at luncheons and special events. Don got his start as Lincoln several years ago by being talked into it by his friends after he had  allowed his sideburns to meet in the center of his chin. He then hit the books and began to study  about Lincoln and the Civil War and gaining experience portraying at re-enactments. Don met Roger Knox (Union) at a re-enactment and formed up as a very successful team to bring history alive in an unique way to the delight of students and  teachers alike.



‘The Civil War’ a musical kickoff to Dover’s 300th birthday

Tommye Staley, a theater buff, teacher and director of half a century, has spearheaded a project to bring the musical “The Civil War” to the stage in Dover this weekend and next.
Born to a history teacher, Ms. Staley learned about the Civil War at a young age and developed an interest that followed her into adulthood.
She has taught for 50 years and officially retired Thursday. She has taught 40 years at Milford High School and 16 at Wesley College. Bringing the former Broadway show written by Gregory Boyd and Frank Wildhorn to the Schwartz Center of the Arts was an idea Ms. Staley conjured up on her own.
“I saw the mayor at the Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and he started talking to me about Dover celebrating its 300th birthday this year and I realized that this would be a great way to kick off the celebration,” she said.
“We used to do Civil War reenactments together, but it’s very time consuming so we stopped a couple years ago. But it’s great to be working on a musical about the Civil War.”



Row After Row tells the story of two Civil War reenactors, Tom and Cal, who have been friends since the sixth grade. Every year these two longtime friends meet in Gettysburg to take part in the reenactment of Pickett’s Charge. This year, the two friends head to a local tavern they frequent and they meet Leah, who disrupts their world and opens up a broad discussion about life and what it means to be a reenactor. According to People’s Light & Theatre Company’s press release the playwright of Row After Row, Jessica Dickey, says, “I was always so intrigued by the idea of the presence of the past, the ghosts of the past. Having grown up next door from Gettysburg and the Mason Dixon Line, the Civil War has always loomed large for me. I wrote Row After Row because I felt the need to explore the themes of the Civil War without the clichés of the political or historical, but through the personal-- the lens of these characters.” Dickey does just this in the play she explores personal meanings of Civil War reenacting, and captures the essence of this beautifully in the play.



John Wilkes Booth, actor

Booth was born into a prominent family of actors. According to Alford, he had good looks and an exceptional acting range, playing both dark roles as bad guys and softer roles such as Romeo. By 1865, the 26-year-old was a headliner on the American stage. As Alford tells Morning Edition's Renee Montagne, Booth was the first actor known to have "had his clothes torn by fans."
"When he was coming out of a theater in Boston, the manager had to come back and tell people, 'Back up, let him out, just let him walk to his hotel.' "
Alford says it's interesting that, "over the years, as people felt free to talk about Booth, and while they shrank away from what he did, they didn't really shrink from him. They remembered things about him like courtesies and acts of heroism."
Like this example:  "One time onstage, he saved a young woman whose dress caught on fire," he says, "a young actress who had wandered too close to the gas footlights."




Our American Cousin is a three-act play by English playwright Tom Taylor. The play is a farce whose plot is based on the introduction of an awkward, boorish, but honest American, Asa Trenchard, to his aristocratic English relatives when he goes to England to claim the family estate. The play first premiered at Laura Keene's Theatre in New York City on October 15, 1858, and the title character was first played by Joseph Jefferson. Although the play achieved great renown during its first few years and remained very popular throughout the second half of the 19th century, it is best remembered as the play U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was attending in Ford's Theatre when he was assassinated by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.




Suzan-Lori Parks stages the fight for freedom in her new Civil War-set play

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is far too independent an artist to feel comfortable in the role of African American spokesperson. But she didn't hold back when asked for her thoughts about the controversy over Hollywood's diversity problem that came to a head with another overwhelmingly white edition of the Academy Awards.
At lunch at the trendy Bowery Hotel not far from the Public Theater, where her heralded drama "Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)" had its 2014 world premiere (the play opens Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum), she complimented Chris Rock on the job he did hosting the Oscars. But to the question he posed in his opening monologue — "Is Hollywood racist?" — Parks had a no-nonsense answer.



The Octoroon is a play by Dion Boucicault that opened in 1859 at The Winter Garden Theatre, New York City. Extremely popular, the play was kept running continuously for years by seven road companies.[2] Among antebellum melodramas, it was considered second only in popularity to Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852).[3]
Boucicault adapted the play from the novel The Quadroon by Thomas Mayne Reid (1856). It concerns the residents of a Louisiana plantation called Terrebonne, and sparked debates about the abolition of slavery and the role of theatre in politics. It contains elements of Romanticism and melodrama.
The word octoroon means one-eighth black. A quarter black is a quadroon and a half black is a mulatto.
The Oxford English Dictionary cites The Octoroon with the earliest record of the word "mashup" with the quote: "He don't understand; he speaks a mash up of Indian, French, and Mexican." (Boucicault's manuscript actually reads "Indian, French and 'Merican." The last word, an important colloquialism, was misread by the typesetter of the play.)

...When the play was performed in England it was given a happy ending, in which the mixed-race couple are united. The tragic ending was used for American audiences, to avoid portraying a mixed marriage.[4]


Full text of "The Octoroon; or, life in Louisiana: a play, in five acts"

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My advice to a young person

Live to experience a whole range of emotions. Be authentic and don’t wear a mask.

Don’t project your moods and feelings onto others, or blame other people if you are having a bad day.

Appreciate the beauty of others. Be happy for them when successes come their way.

Be secure in your own identity.

Don’t criticize or hope fail.

Let offenses go. Don’t take it personally. You do those two things by developing a healthy, and balanced, self-esteem.

Be concerned when friends suffer and offer them support.

Is not in competition with others in their life. Compete against yourself.

Don’t magnify the bad or distort reality although that’s easy to do.

Know and work on your shortcomings and recognize your strengths.

Appreciates the small things.

Make the most of right now.

In any case you mustn’t confuse a single failure

“In any case you mustn’t confuse a single failure with a final defeat.”  F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

Have patience with all things but first with yourself

“Have patience with all things but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist.” Saint Frances de Sales

If you want to be a writer,

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” Stephen King