From Florida, Connie Schindewolf brings to us “The Dancing Lessons.” Stage Door Stories recently caught up with Connie to understand how a challenging and heartbreaking life event inspired such a poignant story about hope and love.
- Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I taught theatre, including playwriting, in the St. Louis area for 25 years, but was so busy teaching and directing plays that I didn’t have any time to write. We (my husband and daughter and myself) moved down here to Bradenton, Florida, on the Gulf coast, and I have much more time to write. I have written about 50 short plays and 3 full-lengths. Since 2007, I have had productions across the US (including LA and NYC), Canada, and Australia. I am published by Smith & Kraus, Applause Books, JAC Publishing, and Pioneer Drama Service. When I’m not writing, I’m working with sea turtles.
- What is your background in theatre?
I have a bachelors in Theater Education from Truman University and I have acted in and directed many productions in the Midwest. Now, however, I just write.
- How did you find out about Stage Door Productions’ One Act Festival?
I belong to a Yahoo Group called the Playwright Binge and I saw the call for scripts posted there.
- What inspired or motivated you to write this One Act?
The Dancing Lessons is about a woman trying to communicate with her mother who has advanced Alzheimer’s. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and I assumed couldn’t understand anything when she quit being able to talk to me. I now realize that she may have understood some things. I should have kept visiting her and trying harder to communicate. That guilt inspired me to write this short play.
- How did you feel upon the selection of your Act to be performed by Stage Door Productions?
I’m always thrilled when my work is selected for a production. It’s what we playwrights aspire to. This is my first production in Virginia so that made it additionally exciting. Most playwrights strive to have their worked performed in all the states.
- What do you hope the audience takes away from your story?
There is so much to understand about diseases of the brain. I want them to know there may be more activity going on in Alzheimer’s patients then they might think. Never give up trying to communicate with loved ones.
- What doors do you expect to be opened for you from this selection and process?
Opened doors are nice and sometimes happen. My first reading of a short play in NYC ended up to be a full production by another theatre.
- What’s next for you?
I have productions of short plays coming up in Ohio, Florida, Texas, and Boston; and I’m really trying to promote my new full-length, Mammoth Bones.
Be sure to follow Connie at her website.
Come check out this poignant One Act on the 3rd floor of the Kitt Creative Studios at 810 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Performances will be at 7:30 PM on the following days:
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