VOTE!

11.06.12

image from OBEY

Tomorrow, voting for me will be easy. I know my polling place (only a few blocks away). I know who I’m voting for and how on all of the propositions. And I know (I’m pretty sure) I won’t have to wait in too long of a line.

Voting for some of you might not be that easy. Especially if you’re in a battleground state. Today on the radio, Ed Schultz said that this election comes down to “the heart and soul of those people standing in long lines waiting to vote” tomorrow. That might be you.

If it is, thank you. Thank you for being willing to fight to make your voice heard. Thank you for caring enough about our country to wait and wait and wait to vote. I feel very lucky that I have never had to deal with challenging circumstances in order to vote. And I like to think that if I did, I wouldn’t give up.

I’ve read about some crazy stuff going on out there… robo calls saying you can vote over the phone. You can’t. Go to your polling place. If someone calls and says your polling place has changed, don’t listen.

LOOK UP YOUR POLLING PLACE HERE

EVERY VOTE COUNTS. Don’t give up. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. Use your power.¬†

For the record, I am proud to be voting to re-elect our President.

FORWARD!

 
 
Flyer from the Manila production directed by Rich Tuason

I ¬†used to hide my Halloween candy from my brother. And he hid his from me. At least that’s how I remember it. That candy is a precious commodity, no? As a kid, you work hard for that. Dressing up, going door to door to door to door. The candy you earn tastes even sweeter after all that work.

So, what would you do if your mom stole your Halloween candy?

Did this happen to me? NO. Thankfully the only threat to my Halloween candy was my little brother. But… I did imagine what it would be like to BE a mom who stole her kid’s candy. And I wrote a play about it. Because, that’s just what I do.

The play was commissioned by my friend and fellow playwright, Jeanette Farr for a production at Glendale Community College called THE MOTEL CHRONICLES. The only requirement was that the play had to be set in a motel room.

What sort of things happen in motel rooms, I wondered? Hmmmm…. Of course! Candy bingeing.

On this day when we are all either hiding our loot from ourselves, our siblings, our co-workers, our partners or our kids, I thought I would share my ten-minute play THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR about a woman who steals her daughter’s Halloween candy and checks herself into a seedy motel room to eat it in peace.

This is by far my most popular play. It has been produced all over the world from South Africa to India to The Philippines to the virtual world of Second Life.

I hope you enjoy!

You can read it online here –
THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR by Stephanie Alison Walker

Also available in the anthology –
THE BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS FOR 2 OR MORE ACTORS 2009 published by Smith & Kraus