PLAYWRIGHT CRAIG SODARO TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY
AFTER SCHOOL DETECTIVES
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I remember the old Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries and how much kids enjoyed them. The crimes were never horribly serious, but there was just enough suspense to keep a young reader turning the page. I wanted to develop a mystery for a younger audience along the same lines—fun, light, and suspenseful.
Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: One of my favorite parts in the play comes when Ryder unknowingly breaks the case. He seems to have virtually no confidence, but he manages to come up with plenty of clues.
Q: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: I had most of these characters in my classes when I taught middle school. I could give you names, but we do want to protect the innocent!
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE IN THIS PLAY?
A: I want the cast to have a great time putting the play together, particularly interpreting their characters as they see them. I also hope the audiences really enjoy the show and feel that kids really are all right these days!
Q: ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY?
A: Break a leg!
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