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Thank you for visiting my website. 

As an author, playwright, school and library visitor, conference presenter, and workshop leader, I keep busy!  I hope to share a bit of what I’ve been up to on these pages.

Right now, I’m excited about working with my co-playwright Jose Casas to develop our new, bilingual play, MARIPOSA/BUTTERFLY, as one of two scripts chosen for the 2021 New Plays for Young Audiences program at New York University.  We were all hoping to be at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village for this event, but we’ll be on line.  There will be two free public sharing at the end of the week, Saturday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 13 at 3 p.m.  Both are free and open to the public.  Please join us, and bring the kids!  Here’s the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mariposabutterfly-tickets-155732609427.

Just recently, there have been ZOOM and radio presentations of my plays, including a new, two-actor version of JESSE AND GRACE: A BEST FRIEND’S STORY.  My “co-star” was friend and colleague David L. Harrison, who co-wrote the original book-length manuscript with me.  In the video, we play a pair of 4th graders.  This was part of a Footlights series of readings sponsored by Dramatist Guild-Philadelphia Region. See the video here: https://youtu.be/wiD4avfXCAI

Also, at the request of Aaron’s Acres (http://aaronsacres.org), I made videos of myself reading my six picture books to be shared with their students.  I was asked to feature Gracie the Reading Dog in each video.  Not to be outdone, Friday Cat occasionally invited himself in as well.  I’ve put the videos on a YouTube channel to share with my grandchildren — and with you!  

Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/user/sandyplaywright   Have fun!jpeg-imag

At the moment, I’m working on “Fidelio,” a radio script commissioned by The Open Eye Theater to be broadcast on WIOX-FM, a station in the Catskills that streams world-wide.  It’s based on a story I wrote many years ago that’s loosely based on the English fairy tale “Cap O’Rushes.”  It has elements in common with Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” as well.  I’m also putting the finishing touches on “Death Valley: A Love Story,” a play for adult audiences.  You can read about both scripts and many others under my “Plays in Progress” tab on the menu.

And this offer for drama/theatre teachers everywhere still stands:

In cooperation with author/playwright Sandy Asher and composer Richard Biever,

FUSE Productions

State College, PA

is offering free classroom materials that illustrate the adaptation process behind their musical play, “Princess Bee and the Royal Good-night Story.”

This offer includes the following:

A link to Sandy reading the book on which the play is based. Free!

A PDF copy of the script adaptation of the book to be compared/contrasted with the book version. Free!

A link to the demo recording of the songs .Free!

A link to the FUSE Productions studio presentation of the play. Free!

BONUS:  You may also order 1-hour ZOOM interviews with Richard and/or Sandy for your class(es).  $50 for one of them: $75 for both.  Free?  No.  But entirely optional!  All funds would go directly to FUSE Productions, to support their production of “Princess Bee and the Royal Good-night Story.”

PLEASE NOTE:  This offer is for educators and classroom use only.  Any other use of the script or music, including but not limited to video or stage production, requires script copying fees, licensing, music fees, and royalties. 

Contact Sandy Asher at sandyasher@gmail.com with your offer requests and questions.

Visit Sandy at http://sandyasher.com and Richard at http:// http://fuseproductions.org/about/.

I’m still aglow about my latest (pre-COVID) community project, “It Happened at the Library.”  Lancaster County school children, K – 12, were invited to contribute writing and artwork for a new book, play, and art display that launched at the Lancaster Public Library on Saturday, December 7, 2019.  The response was wonderful, the books were printed, and performances sold out.  Thanks to the generosity of Fox Chapel Publishing, all students attending the play got free copies of the book, and all 5th graders in the School District of Lancaster received free copies.  Almost all of the contributing young writers and artists gathered for a group autographing party on Saturday afternoon, after the performances.  It was a full-day Library Happening!  Here’s a video of one of the performances:

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNH0YWnCjzc&feature=youtu.be

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The acting troupe rehearse their entrance for “It Happened at the Library.”

Someday soon, I’ll be back on the road again, seeing my plays performed and/or talking about my books.  First stop:  A Story Path based on CHICKEN STORY TIME at the Quarryville Library Center, Quarryville, PA, on Wednesday, June 23rd.  My books and I will be there from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., but the Story Path event will be available for walking before and after.  See more upcoming fun on the “Events” page.

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On the Eastern Michigan University campus.

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With illustrator Mark Fearing in Portland, OR.

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One of Mark’s hilarious illustrations.

I write books, mainly for young readers, and plays, mainly for young audiences, preschool through high school.  I also write for adults and travel to schools, conferences, workshops, and theaters all over the country to share ideas and experiences, teach creative writing and marketing techniques, and develop new scripts.  

Here in Lancaster, PA, I delight in working with the public schools and libraries, Millersville University, New Choices Career Development, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and other organizations and colleagues to coordinate programs that encourage literacy and creativity. I consider myself very lucky to be able to do the work I love and meet so many bright, caring, talented folks along the way.

Please visit the pages listed in the sidebar to find out more about my books, plays, events, and presentations. Note that the drop-down menus under “Books I’ve Written” and “Published Plays” lead to only a small sample of my published work.  For the full list, hit the main “Books I’ve Written” or “Published Plays” button.

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Chicken meets Miss Karin, the Librarian, during the Pollyanna Theatre production of CHICKEN STORY TIME, Long Center, Austin, TX.

This website is and always will be a work in progress.  Comments, questions, and suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  The “hoppy” photo was taken during a visit with the K-3 students of Bainbridge Elementary School, Elizabethtown, PA, by PTO president Kelly Batche.

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