View single post by Edd
 Posted: Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 04:35 pm
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Joined: Sat Jun 10th, 2006
Location: Denver, Colorado USA
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I was orphaned when my mother committed suicide when I was twelve.  As a gay teenager back in the late 1950s I attempted suicide twice because of the stigma attached to being gay.  (Gay teenagers even today have an alarming rate of suicide.)  I feel much the same as Poet.  This is not a topic to take casually no matter how good the intentions.  It must be explored honestly and deeply.  It is one that takes much care and emotional understanding.  To suggest you have an agenda for how you want the play to be used in high schools, already prevents you from approaching the subject matter by trying to make it fit a preconceived mold.

I try to avoid making critiques in this forum unless I am wild about the piece and certainly try to avoid bluntness.  However, in this case from someone who knows all too well the pain and the decades of recovery as a survivor and the depths to which one sinks before actually attempting suicide, I simply cannot cut you any slack.  Sorry.