Gruesome Playground Injuries, Kid Lit & Old Haunts


A name like “Gruesome Playground Injuries” certainly grabs the attention. I’m quite interested to see more of this play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, which is staging at Guild Hall in East Hampton starting Thursday, October 27.

I don’t know a lot about the play (yet) but I do know that it’s not, thankfully, about blood and guts around the merry-go-round or anything like that. Instead, it tells the story of Kayleen and Doug, who first meet in the nurse’s office of their elementary school. Over the next 30 years, they are brought together again and again by injury, heartbreak and, on occasion, their own self-destructive tendencies. gruesome-playground-injuries-1

The play comes out East courtesy Genny Productions, a new theatrical production company that is founded by Brian Clemente (who has worked under Steve Hamilton a time or two at Guild Hall), Jacob Alden Roa, Julia Masotti and Mary Ragus. The show stars Julia Masotti and Jacob Alden Roa and stages through Sunday, October 30. Purchase tickets here.


Did you know that children’s literature, aka “kid lit,” is the fastest growing segment of the publishing world? Apparently ’tis. For those writers who are interested in learning more about this potentially lucrative market, Stony Brook Southampton has a terrific opportunity with its Children’s Literature Fellows program, developed by Patricia McCormick, Emma Walton Hamilton and the MFA in Creative Writing program at Stony Brook Southampton.

The distance learning, one-year certificate program with one-on-one instruction from successful kids’ lit authors like McCormick–working in picture books, middle grade novels, and YA fiction and creative nonfiction–addresses the needs of those writers who want to develop their craft but who may not have the time or the resources to enable enrollment in a full MFA degree program.  The deadline for applications for the 2017 Children’s Literature Fellows program is December 1, 2016.



Lastly, for those wanting to get a jumpstart on the upcoming spooky weekend, the Southampton Historical Museum has just the thing with its free “Historic Haunts of Long Island” program, which will be held at Rogers Mansion in Southampton on Thursday,
October 27, at 11 a.m. There the award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky will take her audience on a ghostly journey through Long Island’s History and sign copies of her book “Historic Haunts of Long Island.” The event is co-sponsored by the Rogers Memorial Library.




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