As some of you may know, before it was a short film, before it was a web series, Docket 32357 was a full length play. To date, it will always hold a special place in my heart because of where it came from. In 2010, I had a stroke that threatened to take my creativity away. I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to write anything again that I waited a very long time before putting pen to paper. I wasn’t ready to face that and then one day, after watching an episode of Law & Order SVU (one of the best shows ever), I got an idea and wrote what would be the first scene in a full length play. I decided to bring it into a Playwriting class at Primary Stages later that year where I was encouraged to flesh it out and continue the story of Lois and Valerie. Randy came to see a reading of the first scene (where Ashley actually read as Lois!) and the rest is history.
At the time, we didn’t think people would have such a strong reaction to the futures of Lois and Valerie. We often asked audience members what they thought would happen and ended the conversation there but deep inside, I knew what happened. It had already been written. I felt like I was holding onto something precious, having their futures in my hand. I didn’t know if I wanted to share it. What if people wouldn’t like it? I had to protect Lois and Valerie, keep them safe but then I realized they were already safe and invested in by our viewers.
In one month, I’ll graduate from Fordham University/Primary Stages with an MFA in Playwriting and a web series of the very thing I submitted for admission into school. Isn’t it amazing how a work can come full circle? I am so grateful that you have come along with me in this journey and are able to share something that is so near and dear to my heart.