In “Life”, we meet high school sweethearts Rachel and Steven the night before she goes to college (the year is 1963). Steven is going to work at a local factory – Cummins Diesel Engines, and Rachel is going to Indiana University to become a teacher. As the story progresses, they struggle to maintain their relationship with conflicting values. Steven is a staunch Presbyterian, believing God brought them together for a purpose. Rachel is woman of her times, drawn into the fervor of new ideas about love, life, and happiness.
The distance between Rachel and Steven widens and she decides to look for companionship elsewhere. Steven’s attempts to pursue her go for naught.
In a short while, something significant happens in Rachel’s life that will cause her to question the meaning and purpose of life. She doesn’t know where to turn. Will she go back to Steven? Will he come back to her? What will be the cost and consequences?
“Liberty” begins at freshman orientation – Hanover College, 1982. David Johnson comes from a “traditional family” with “traditional values”. He is struck by the liberty he encounters on campus – particularly sexually and theologically. He is led to a point of crisis where he must ask such questions as , “Who am I?” and “Does God exist?”. Along the way he faces the paradox that liberty and bondage are often flipsides of the same coin.
So, I have a story (actually 3 in 1) fully conceived and over 1/3 written. If I maintain my pace of writing 2 scenes a day, I should finish the trilogy in about a month.
But in addition to a story, I have a dream. I’ve just messaged a former classmate who is now the theater director at Hanover as well as a former professor and the former theater director (when I went there). My dream is to ultimately premiere this trilogy at Hanover with various alums and professors (as well as current students) playing a part. To realize this dream, I’m hoping I can work out an agreement to become a writer-in-residence (and maybe help teach some writing classes) at Hanover so I could compose the play in a creative environment where I could interact with people who know theater a lot better than I do.
Anyway, that’s my dream. What’s yours?