SUSAN EVANS TALKS ABOUT CHRISTMAS ON PROSPERITY LANE:
1. What inspired you to write this play?
My inspiration is from my own children when they were young and all the youth I have worked with - past and present. They can seem self-centered at times, but with a little nudge they can be loving and caring.
2. What's your favorite part or line in the play? Why?
My favorite part is when Broden gives his gift to the little boy from the orphanage and his parents realize he knows WHAT he is giving away. When my children were young they gave away some items that I wanted to object to, but knew it was from their hearts.
3. Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
The characters are bits and pieces from children I've known; however, my children thought the characters were suspiciously familiar. Broden's character came from one of my grandsons who always loved the spy toys.
4. What did you try to achieve with this play?
I wanted to remind people what Christmas is really about and encourage them to reach out at this time when people are a little more open to the gospel. We all have gotten busy with the trimmings.
5. Do you have anything else you'd like to add?
The thieves added some humor and a little excitement to the story. The audience loved it, mistakes an all! We really had fun practicing the play and performing it. The youth love being in plays- even the shy quiet ones want parts. The community comes out to see the plays and seem to really enjoy them. Prior to writing my own plays we have performed plays from Eldridge for about 25 years.
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