November 22, 2015

Liam, The Playwright

One day, we found out that Liam had written a play, entered it into a competition, was selected as a finalist, and was having his play produced. Whaaaaaaaa?

I'm not sure when and if Liam had any plans to tell us about this, but Katie happened upon Liam's open gmail account and saw, "Congratulations from the Echo Theater!" She asked him about it, and he finally let us know. To Liam?–no big deal. To us?–real big deal. How awesome is that? I don't know of any other 17 year-olds who've had a play produced. We are very proud.

It was all part of the Echo Theater's Echo10 Play Festival, and all the plays are under 10 minutes. Each night after the plays, they had a Q&A session with the writers, directors, and casts. Liam revealed he wrote the play the day of the deadline. I am amazed and jealous at the same time of his talent.

Katie and I enjoyed the festival so much that we went twice. I might be a little biased, but it seemed to me that Liam's play received the most reactions from the audience. They were pretty much laughing the whole way through. My other favorite play was written by a friend of Liam's who performed with him in Acting Up a couple of years back and is now at BYU. Her writing was very impressive. They really have talented kids in Acting Up.

So, here is Liam's play, "Crime Runs in the Family." Chloe seems to think one aspect might be a little autobiographical. If you don't get that, don't worry–it's not true. Enjoy!