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ALAP Member Production: "Exit Laughing by Paul Elliott"

From: 6/28/2019  To: 8/28/2019:   Paul Elliott's award winning comedy "Exit Laughing" is enjoying a three-month daily run at the historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia.  As the State Theatre of Virginia, the Barter is the oldest continually running Equity theatre in the United States and is a destination spot for the tri-state area. 

 

ALAP Member Play Premiere: "Something Dark"  by Paul Elliott

From: 9/12/2019  To: 9/22/2019:  The world premiere of Paul Elliott's "Something Dark" will open at the popular Market House Theatre in Paducah, Kentucky, September 12, with an initial two-week run, but with the possibility of extending through the Halloween season. The play is a comic ghost story that should have the audience screaming and laughing at the same time.
 


   

The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights has announced the production and premiere of two plays by Litton's 1959 classmate, Paul Elliott.

Posted September 16, 2019

Posted August 3, 2019

MY LITTON STORY

(Contributed by Gwen Willis, Class of 1963)

​Days at Litton in the early 60's were a mixed bag for me...highs and lows and all things in between.  When I think about teachers I had, some come immediately to the forefront for different reasons. “Great,” “mediocre” and “boring” are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind.  I would list Mary Frances Spurlock among the greats....a teacher of English grammar and literature.

 


 


 


 


 


 

​                          Mary Frances Spurlock                       Gwen Willis

Miss Spurlock's mere presence commanded attention and when she walked into the classroom, everyone shut up and then waited for her to speak. She was serious and professional while being witty and charming whenever she chose. I saw her roll her eyes more than once at responses given by students who "ought to know better."  I never felt totally comfortable around her, but always wanted to please her. A good leader/teacher evokes that kind of attitude.    I don't recall her ever wasting any part of any hour.  She was there to teach.  She took it seriously and I responded accordingly.  For me, it wasn't difficult because I loved the subject matter. My mother had given me a good background in grammar, proper word usage, etc., and some literature exposure before I ever came to know Miss Spurlock, but it was she who really lit the fire.

I learned about some of the great American poets/essayists and their lives and their great works.  Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow were among those heading the list.  Longfellow's poem, "A Psalm of Life", became my poem and I have read  those words many times over this life to encourage myself in some of the more difficult of days, 

In the "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam", Edward FitzGerald's title for the translated work from Persian into English of seventy-five quatrains attributed to Khayyam, Miss Spurlock required memorization of the fifty-first quatrain.  I remember it to this day, without the aid of Google, and I quote:"The moving finger writes and having writ, moves on: nor all your piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it."  And what good is poetry without understanding the hidden, deeper meaning underneath?  The "experts" say the moving finger represents the passage of time, and once something is done, it remains in the past, because time only moves forward.  This "expert" suggests a new twist on that centuries old quatrain.  Once our finger hits the "send" button on that laptop or smart phone, it's too late to think twice about it.  Time, indeed, moves forward, but our words now sourced through space remain.