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2020 EVENTS

January 18, February 22 — Visits to the Lancaster Public Library with Reading Dog Gracie.  All at 10:30 a.m., free and open to the public.  We stay about 45 minutes to an hour.  First come, first served.  March and April visits have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus.

January 26, 2020 — Signed books at Barnes and Noble, Lancaster, PA, from 3-5 p.m., and reading TOO MANY FROGS! and HERE COMES GOSLING! at 3:45 p.m. as part of Matt Lubin’s Bar Mitzvah fundraising project to benefit the children of immigrants in our area.  Mazel tov, Matt!

February 6, 2020 — ZOOM visit with the director and cast of “Family Matters” at Battle Ground High School, Battle Ground, MI.  After a run at their school, this group will be taking their production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland!

March 1, 2020 — Visited 3rd – 5th graders at Congregation Shaarai Shomayim in Lancaster to encourage interviews and writing for their immigration project.

March 2, 2020 — Read to classes at Carter and MacRae Elementary School in celebration of Read Across America Day.

March 6, 2020 — Read to first graders at King Elementary School’s “Share-A-Book” event.

March 13, 2020 — I’ll be in Millersville helping a local Girl Scout troop work on their “Write Away” badges.  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

March 19, 2020 — 7 – 8:30 p.m. — Barry Kornhauser and I will present a Dramatists Guild workshop on Writing Plays for Teenagers at the Ware Center.  Free, but registration is requested.   PLEASE NOTE:  This event has been postponed.  New date TBA.

March 31, 2020 — Barry Kornhauser and I will repeat our Writing Plays for Teenagers workshop at the Drake Theatre in Philadelphia.  Free, but registration is requested.  PLEASE NOTE:  This event has been postponed.  New date TBA.

April 17 – 18, 2020 — premiere of a new dance/theater piece adapted from my picture book, STELLA’S DANCING DAYS.  School performances on Friday; public performances at Lancaster Public Library at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.  NOTE:  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  Future dates TBA.

April 23, 2020 — ZOOM visit with drama students at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, OH.

April 30, 2020, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. EDT — As one ofI several “acts” in the Congregation Shaarai Shomayim Talent Show, I’m reading three of the poems I’ve written in response to the National Poetry Writing Challenge. Everyone is welcome! Go to http://www.shaarai.org for viewing information.

May 14 – 17, 2020 — I’ll be attending the TYA/USA and New Visions/New Voices joint conference at the Kennedy Center in DC.  NOTE:  This event will be presented virtually.  More information at http://tyausa.org.

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Gracie has begun listening to children read to her via ZOOM.  This was taken during our first virtual visit on June 2, 2020.

June 6 – 14, 2020 — In residence at NYU’s New Plays for Young Audiences workshop, where Jose Casas and I will work on our new bi-lingual script for very young audiences, under the direction of Jose Cruz Gonzales.  Free, public readings on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village.  Details TBA.  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE, 2021.  New dates TBA.

July 2, 2020 — Joining participants from South Africa, the UK, Australia, and elsewhere on a playwriting panel as part of the virtual National Arts Festival sponsored by ASSITEJ South Africa.  This is the culmination of my service as a mentor to a South African playwright developing a new play for young audiences.  A 10-minute excerpt of her play will be read at this gathering, and the full play will be read at another gathering in July.  Here’s a link to the panel discussion: https://nationalartsfestival.co.za/show/in-the-works-discussion/.  Artists from four continents are gathered on ZOOM!  

July 11, 2020 — My 10-minute play “Scratch-Scratch-Scratch-Scratch-Thonk” will be given a virtual rehearsed reading as part of a three-day, Philadelphia-area festival sponsored by the Dramatists Guild.  

July 23 – August 4, 2020 — attending the on-line national conference of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, (http://aate.com), where I’ll be part of the virtual Playwright Slam.  See me reading a 5-minute cutting from my radio play “Fidelio” at https://youtu.be/1oD3WyHv_iw.

July 31 – August 2, 2020 — attending the on-line national conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  (http://scbwi.org)

August 13, 20, and 24 — participating in a variety of innovative activities as part of the ASSITEJ South Africa’s virtual conference, including writing one part of an international “chain email play” that will be performed on August 20.  (http://assitej.org.za)

August 22, 2020 —  11 – 11:30 a.m. EDT.  I’ll be reading from my picture books via ZOOM and Facebook Live as part of a day-long fund-raising event to benefit Quarryville (PA) Library Center.  Autographed copies will be given away to generous donors. https://quarryvillelibrary.org/event/quarryville-library-first-annual-read-a-thon/?sd=1598054400

 

 

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

Though I do love to travel, sometimes I’m “on the road” without leaving home . . . 

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“Maggie” in my play “In the Garden of the Selfish Giant” as interpreted by the Aberdour Players Youth Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, August 9, 2016.

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Annie Montgomery as Ilga in my play “Walking Toward America,” which set a record of six performances at the 2015 United Solo Festival in NYC,  September – October, 2015.

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Students at West Virginia Wesleyan University take off on their tour of “The Wolf and Its Shadows,” April, 2015.

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Here are the Children’s Theater of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players touring their production of “Too Many Frogs” in southeastern states during the 2013-2014 school year.

Here, I’m being interviewed by Van, an Austin Library puppet, before my trip there to see the stage version of CHICKEN STORY TIME performed by Pollyanna Theatre Company:  

Here’s a link to a recent blog interview by Adam Szymkowicz:  http://aszym.blogspot.com/2017/08/i-interview-playwrights-part-977-sandy.html?spref=fb.  I’m #977 in his planned total of 1000 playwrights!

And here’s an earlier email interview by Lindsay Bandy on PennPoints, the blog of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Eastern PA chapter: http://easternpennpoints.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/a-cafe-chat-with-author-and-playwright-sandy-asher-by-lindsay-bandy/ . . .

And an article after a phone interview by Lancaster newspaper reporter Joan Kern: http://lancasteronline.com/features/all-hail-the-children-s-laureate-city-resident-has-duty/article_9549da1e-b7c6-11e4-94dc-47312c9c8790.html.

And an interview in the Lancaster newspaper by Jane Holahan: http://lancasteronline.com/features/entertainment/meet-sandy-asher-who-brings-together-the-stories-of-women/article_8b025012-8674-11e6-a9a0-b757fcb52b57.html.

Then there are the trips to classrooms, libraries, workshops, and theatres, near and far . . . 

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Demonstrating an “arabesque” while reading STELLA’S DANCING DAYS to first graders at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Lancaster, PA, my 2018 Authors for Earth Day event.  A donation was made in honor of the school to Pet Pantry in Lancaster.

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My 2017 Authors for Earth Day visit to Moreland Hills Elementary School in Cleveland, OH, resulted in a donation in the school’s honor to LaMancha Animal Rescue, Coatesville, PA.

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Here I am in Portland, OR, in February, 2017, visiting an elementary school with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing.  This was the first time I’d ever met one of my illustrators in person — and I couldn’t have asked for a more delightful one to meet!  

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With student writers at Reamstown Elementary, where I met with eighteen K-5th grade classes over several days.

A hoppy gathering in Elizabethtown!

A hoppy gathering in Elizabethtown, PA

Creating an Add-a-Line Story at Lancaster Country Day School.

Creating an Add-a-Line Story at Lancaster Country Day School. This was my first “Authors for Earth Day” school visit.  Half my fee was donated to an earth-friendly charity voted on by the students, in this case, The Wolf Sanctuary of PA.  

 

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Introducing CHICKEN STORY TIME to 1st graders at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Lancaster, PA.

 

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Our official KPETS ID tag photo!

In February, 2020,  Gracie and I will celebrate our three-year anniversary as a KPETS Therapy Dog team with weekly Reading Dog visits to Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Carter & MacRae Elementary School, and monthly visits to the Lancaster Public Library.  Visits will continue throughout the year.

 

 

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February 11, 2018 — Presentation of my Readers Theater piece, “Stand Up for a Child: The CASA Project” at Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, benefitting Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster.  Read more about this pro bono script under “Plays in Progress” on this website.

September 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. and September 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Performances of “Princess Bee and the Royal Good-Night Story” at Lancaster Public Library.  Learn more about this musical for young audiences at “Plays in Progress” on this website.

September 27, 2018 — Life-story writing workshop at Milagro House, Lancaster, PA.

October 31, 2018 — Life-story writing workshop at New Choices Career Development, Lancaster, PA.

November 28, 2018 — class interview visit with 1st graders at King Elementary School.

December 10, 2018 — ZOOM visit with Professor John Newman’s Theatre for Young Audiences class at Utah Valley University.  They performed scenes from my play “Welcome Home, Bear!” as their final exam.  More about this script for young audiences at “Plays in Progress.”

December 21, 2018 — “Share-a-Story” Day at King Elementary School.  I read an excerpt from TEDDY TEABURY’S FABULOUS FACT to 3rd and 4th grade classes.

January 4 – 6, 2019 — Co-hosted and presented at American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s symposium, “American Theatre for the Very Young: A Digital Series Goes Live!” at the Ware Center, Lancaster, Pa.  

February 7, 2019 — A visit to King Elementary School with director Anne Meeder to introduce 1st graders to “Welcome Home, Bear!” and get them started making flowers and other props used in the April 5 – 6 performances.

February 12 – March 19, 2019 — I taught an on-line course on writing plays for young audiences for the Dramatists Guild Institute.  Class met via ZOOM on consecutive Tuesday evenings, 8-10 p.m., EST.

March 1, 2019 — “Read Across America Day” at Carter and MacRae Elementary School.

April 5 – 6, 2019 — Performances of “Welcome Home, Bear!” at the Lancaster Public Library.  

April 7, 2019 — Encore reading of “For We Were Strangers in the Land” at Tellus360.  Learn more about this pro bono script at “Plays in Progress” on this website.

August 2 – 6, 2019 — American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s annual conference, leading the “Hidden Treasures” session and the meeting of the Theatre for Young Audiences Network.  Honored with the Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award for lifetime contribution to the field of theatre for young audiences.  

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Onstage at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre in New York City for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s awards ceremony, August 5, 2019

 

September 21, 2019 — Presented the keynote and lead discussions at SCBWI-EPA’s Storyboard Renaissance at the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Courtyard by Marriott.

October 25 – 27, 2019 — Opening weekend of “Death Valley: A Love Story” at Springfield Contemporary Theatre in Springfield, MO.  Learn more about this script for adult audiences at “Plays in Progress” on this website.

November 6, 2019 — “Meet the Author” presentation at the Iris Club, Lancaster, PA.

December 7, 2019, 1 – 4 p.m., “A Library Happening, ” the culminating event of the “It Happened at the Library” project, featuring the debut of the new book I compiled and edited and the stage presentation I created from some of the stories included, all by Lancaster County students, many of whom were on hand for a group autographing.  At Lancaster Public Library. 

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