The Ogre Awards (1996 on)
In 1996, I created, directed, and produced a unique production called. "The Ogre Awards." It is based on fairy tale characters and includes 88 second graders. It enjoyed its 22nd year in March, 2018. I retired in 2012. It is rewritten each year. My legacy!
The show is based on The Harker School's second grade library curriculum which teaches world folktales and traditional oral storytelling. I was Harker's Library Director for 18 years (1993-2012).
Articles About The Ogre Awards: Click on the Link.
1. From an A.L.A. Journal
2. From The Harker School News
Jeans! was first written 12 years ago by Caryn Yacowitz and Diane Claerbout.The story is about the invention of jeans during the California Gold Rush.
I have written original tunes and new lyrics, and the book has been enhanced. It is a lively, clean fun piece of Americana with a Jewish twist. Both Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, the innovators, were Jewish immigrants from Europe. It is historical fiction.
Jeans! is appropriate for actors aged 12-adult. It is about 75 minutes long and contains 12 songs. Jeremy Erman has written the wonderful musical arrangements.
The fish from "The Fisherman's Wife." From the first Ogre Awards, 1996. This young man is now an actor in Los Angeles. The Harker School provided the photograph.
Deleted. is a comic-mystery tale about a group of fictional characted who were deleted from their authors' manuscript. They form a support group and look for answers to their question: why me?
I directed Deleted. for The Wise Owl Players annual production in October, 2018. It will play againin at The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on September 14 and 15.
For a video with selected scenes click here
Emma, a literary social worker in Deleted.
Graceann Johnson as Emma