The Censorship Issue of The Dramatist
Chicago: DG/LMDA Exchange
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Years ago, I was hired to write a song for a charitable event billed as “The World’s Largest Singles Party.” Those who attended had to dance to it, so the lyrics featured step-by-step instructions, kind of like the Hokey Pokey, with an emphasis on the Pokey. Riding the escalator to the ballroom of the Hyatt that night, I encountered 5,000 single people of all ages and descriptions gyrating on the dance floor, hoping against the odds to attract a special someone.

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Cheryl Coons
Cheryl Coons

was the Chicago Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her musicals include River’s End (ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, NAMT Festival, NYMF TAM Award), At Wit’s End (Carbonell Award), Sylvia’s Real Good Advice (Joseph Jefferson Award), and Phantom of the Country Opera (NAMT Festival, published by MTI.) She has served as an animateur with the Chicago Voices Project of Lyric Opera of Chicago, creating original musical theatre works based on the untold stories of community groups throughout the city.