MICHAEL SLADE is a playwright, librettist, award-winning children’s author, and Emmy-nominated television writer. His short play, THANKSGIVING was first produced by MCC in NYC. AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD is regularly performed in regional, community and school theatres in the United States and around the world. The Roundabout Theatre Company produced a reading of UNDER A RED MOON, starring Kate Burton and Billy Crudup. UNDER A RED MOON subsequently premiered as a co-production between The Human Race Theatre, Dayton, OH and The Carnegie Center, Covington, KY in October, 2012. The Human Race Theatre previously commissioned CHANGE, which they produced in September, 2011. His musicals include AND THE CURTAIN RISES (music by Joseph Thalken, lyrics by Mark Campbell) which premiered at the Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA, March 2011, directed by Kristin Hanggi, and BYE, BYE BIG GUY (music by David Evans, lyrics by Faye Greenberg) which premiered at the Lortel Theatre, NYC as part of the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival, directed by Devanand Janki. Mr. Slade has written extensively for young and family audiences, credits include POKEMON LIVE ! (which premiered at Radio City Music Hall before touring the United States and four continents) and nine musicals for Theatreworks/USA. His TV credits include ANOTHER WORLD (WGA Award nomination), ONE LIFE TO LIVE (Emmy nomination), DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and PASSIONS. His children’s novel, THE HORSES OF CENTRAL PARK (Scholastic Hardcover/Apple Paperback) won the ISAR Award for Children’s Literature. READ FULL BIO
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When I was a little boy, every Thanksgiving was spent at my Aunt Lee and Uncle Joe’s house. She was my father’s older sister and they were the only real aunt and uncle I knew. My father’s other older sister died long before I was born, when my father was still a teenager, and his older brother lived in California and only came east two or three times that I remember… and we never went west. My mother is an only child. So Aunt Lee and Uncle Joe were it. Continue Reading >>
The other day as I did my cardio warm-up at the gym, watching the TV screen attached to the elliptical machine, I saw a commercial that I found incredibly disturbing. It was for an organization called Wounded Warriors; a group that helps returning soldiers and their families. There were heartbreaking and heartwarming testimonials extolling the good work of the organization. Person after person spoke of how they didn’t know how they and their family would be able to cope with their new situation if it weren’t for Wounded Warriors. The commercial made me furious. Continue Reading >>
I'm not a conspiracy theorist, well maybe I am, but either way something is brewing internationally among the right-wing-"religious"-homophobic-hate-mongers. They're all sharing a talking point that links the words Ebola and gay. Continue Reading >>
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- AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD is constantly being done by school theatre groups all over the country. This month's include: Owen-Withee High School in Lacrosse, WI; Vivian Field Middle School in Farmer's Branch TX; Danville Community High School in Danville, IN; Conestoga Christian School in Conestoga, PA, and; West Laurens High School in Dublin, GA.
Thrilled to announce that Corbin Bleu and Colleen Zenk will be heading the cast of the premiere of FAMILY SHOTS at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton. And thrilled that they'll be joined by Adam Halpin, Arash Mokhtar and Annie Pesche. Kevin Moore, the theatre's Producing Artistic Director will direct the production which opens January 22, 2015.
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