7/1/2016 – GUEST BLOGGER BETTY MAY – WRITING ABOUT PRISON LIFE
The phone rings.
“Is this Betty May?”
“And you write and direct plays?”
“Can you write a comedy about life in prison?”
In 2008 a group of women serving life sentences in a maximum-security prison wrote a play designed to warn teenagers and young adults about the consequences of poor choices. Their efforts were not well received; the young people were disinterested and bored. The women decided the indifferent response was due to the serious nature of the play: “Kids want funny.”
Thus the rather bizarre phone call.