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Society of Southwestern Authors-LOVE POTION, a play by Carol Costa at the December Forum

by Carol Costa
      “To celebrate the holiday season with our SSA friends, the December forum will feature a presentation of a one-act play, THE LOVE POTION.  This play, written by Carol Costa, will be performed by members of the SSA Board of Directgors and some special guest.

      “A cup of tea laced with a magic potion starts all the fun in this delightful comedy about love and friendship.  As Christmas approaches, a mischievous young woman uses a love potion on unsuspecting people and things get more complicated and humorous.  With most of the adults in a rose-colored frenzy, two children must try to discover the secret of the love potion and use it to bring about a happy ending.

     ” Don’t miss performances by Chris Stern, dewanne Hopson, Jude Johnson,  Mary Ellen Thompson, and Sam Turner.

      “If you’ve never attended a Readers Theater this is your chance to experience a unique mode of entertainment and learn how to develop characters and tell a compelling story with dialogue alone.

     ” Carol will be happy to answer questions and discouss the play after the performance.”

      Forums are held at Four Points Sheraton Tucson, Arizona  (Speedway and Campbell) 11:30-2:00 p.m, third Sunday of month.  Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday before Forum  546-9382 or forums@ssa-az.org  $20 paid at the door includes lunch and speaker.

From THE WRITE WORD Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vo.  36  Dec. 08-Jan. 2009

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Randy-A writer pays attention to cycles

      My grandfather Daddy Carder’s death was the end of one large family cycle, containing seven smaller ones, and these broke off after his death.   There were no more Thanksgiving reunions; there was less back and fourth.    Major writers from James Joyce to T.S. Elliot and Virginia Woolf have focused on the circular nature of life (I realize Joyce, Elliot, and Woolf were contemporaries, but there are many other examples) and have made these patterns (some daily, others life-long and intergenerational) central to their work.   W. Y. Tindall, in his book JAMES JOYCE HIS WAY OF INTERPRETING THE WORLD (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1950) devoted a whole chapter to cycles in Joyce and others

      Unifying a body of work or bringing unity to a single one, as in life: paying attention to cycles can bring form to something that otherwise wouldn’t have any.   There is no way we can overlook the cycle we live: from birth to death, the deterioration in that process.   Somewhere in that scheme we can also find renewal, as we search for eternity, infinity, and God.   (As Tindall put it, writers, “immersed in temporal flux, have been preoccupied with eternity.”   And Shakespeare, I might add, with “bottomlessnes.” “Some of them, (Tindall again) like Aldous Huxley and T.S. Eliot, have attempted to exchange the cycle of time for the still point at the center.”) My writing, so far, hasn’t taken me into these waters (waters, a simple analogy that I can handle), and though I may risk drowning (or criticism or ridicule), I think it’s where I want to go.

      But our world has changed.   We no longer live in the age of Joyce, Huxley, Eliot, and Woolf.   It has been well over fifty years, nearly a life-time.   Yet I feel I have to go back there.   I want to learn and think.   I take that seriously and hope it’s not too late.   As everyday is a cycle, not quite at the end of a major one, maybe there’s still a chance…to incorporate some of the things that now excite me (and I’m just learning about and some original thoughts) into my writing.

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