BLAINESWORLD #1059 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2





(5) Carole Biro:  Fabulous newsletter as usual!!  Is this a new handyman or the one that came to our other house over a year ago?

Response: Different one. To those who missed the name, see BLAINESWORLD BEST AWARD winner in last week’s issue (BLAINESWORLD #1058) for more information.

(6) Julien in MD:  Loved 4C!!!!!

(7)  Steve DiGioia: Great to hear you and your bride are featured in the book.  Fame and fortune is just on the horizon!

Don’t feel so bad, I felt the same as you were described in the book once I got engaged. Every time I called my Mom she no longer wanted to speak with me, she asked for her “daughter in law.”

Husbands always get the shaft!


Section 12A, NC events

(1) THE SUBMISSION at the Be Be Theater 20 Commerce St., Asheville NC 28801

February 9-25, 2017. Tickets are $18 in advance, and $21 at the door. A new online ticket vendor means no more fees for online ticket purchases (yay!). Tickets for opening weekend, which starts on February 9th, are only $15.

Who Has The Right To Tell Whose Story?

Can a writer tell a story about the hardships of a life he’s never had to experience himself? Should he?

If you’re Danny, a struggling playwright with years of rejection under your belt, you might think it’s your right — no, your duty — to tell that story. To submit your latest work (which you know is a masterpiece) and stand beside it, no matter what anyone thinks.

Or… you might decide it’d be better for you to assume a false identity and hope no one catches on.

So begins The Submission, the opening show in Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective’s 7th season.

Since #OscarsSoWhite, the theatre and Hollywood have been criticized for their lack of diversity and whitewashing of characters. But is the attempt to diversify the stories we tell just another example of cultural appropriation?

In other words — is it okay for a white writer to tell a black story?

(Danny thinks, probably not.)

Throughout The Submission, Danny, Pete, Trevor and Emilie must confront the ugliness of casual racism and the shock of how deeply they misunderstand each other — but they’ll have to work together to keep the truth from coming out.

We can’t tell you much more about the plot without spoiling it, but we can say that it crackles with tension, from opening scene to curtain call.

Managing artistic director (and director of The Submission) Steph Hickling Beckman, says, “I’m particularly excited about this play, 1) because of the questions it poses to the theatre community as a whole, and 2) it comes on the heels of last season’s Rasheeda Speaking, where, during one of our Post Show Discussions, we revealed that the writer of the play — about the inner turmoil of a black woman living in ‘post racial’ America — was a white male.”

A portion of the proceeds from The Submission will go to Asheville Writers in the Schools (AWITS), a local non-profit that connects working writers with students, teachers, and community members to foster critical literacy skills, confident imaginations, and equitable relationships.

Not only does Different Strokes! consistently seek out controversial and provocative plays, they seem to have a knack for pushing just the right buttons at just the right time — which is exactly what they’ve done with The Submission.

The Submission, directed by Steph Hickling Beckman, and Nathan Singer (assistant Director) features: Jon Stockdale, Kirby Gibson, Travis Lowe, and Maximilian Lee Koger

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(2) Come hear Chuck Beattie as the guest speaker at this event:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting, Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 7 PMProgram: ~Show and Tell bring a historical item from home.

Meeting Place Plumstead Township Office 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville.

Next Meeting: February 20, 2017

Make an investment in local history!! … Join the Plumstead Historical Society!

$10 for individuals or $15 for family. Mail to the P.O. Box 172, Plumsteadville, PA 18949.


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