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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  • THE GANGS OF NEW YORK

    9 December, 2014

    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 >>
  • A THANKSGIVING LESSON

    27 November, 2014

    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 >>
  • WOUNDED WARRIORS

    18 November, 2014

    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 >>
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News

  • In addition to the professional productions it receives, 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.

  • My profile of opera librettist Gene Scheer appears in the current (July) edition of Opera News magazine.
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