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 across 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 (produced in September, 2011), and is producing the premiere of FAMILY SHOTS which opens in January, 2015 and will feature Corbin Bleu and Colleen Zenk. 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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Today I was flying to Los Angeles, well, Burbank, via San Francisco on United Airlines. The flight was completely full, and before and during the boarding process we were repeatedly reminded that all carry-on luggage had to meet the strict measurement requirements, and that if it didn’t, it would be taken from us and gate-checked. I have no problem with this. Continue Reading >>
The other day I was a guest at a meeting of the Dayton Women’s Literary Club. A friend here who is a member had talked to me about the group over dinner and when I was clearly fascinated, asked if I might be interested in attending. She explained that the group, which has been meeting for 125 years was founded (in 1889) when there was little opportunity for women to seriously explore academic interests. Continue Reading >>
They see themselves as a group apart from the rest of society and above the law; a group whose first allegiance is to each other. They are recruited and go through a, sometimes, rigorous and dangerous initiation during which they prove themselves worthy of being admitted to the gang. They wear a specific color as a uniform to identify themselves to each other and to the population at large. They quickly resort to violence when they feel that they as a group have, or one of their members has, been disrespected. They have a strict code of silence (you do not rat out a fellow gang member, no matter what he or she has done). And if it’s decided a member has violated that rule, he or she may be ostracized, shunned, stripped of their membership, threatened with bodily harm or even left undefended in a dangerous or life-threatening situation. Continue Reading >>
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