I received an email this weekend from the Helen-Jean Play Contest, to which I had submitted a one-act play:
Congratulations, your submission “The Land of Hope and Dreams”, has won first prize in our contest. Your will receive a nominal check and a certificate in the mail shortly.
Yes! Not my first win in a competition by any means, but quite welcome all the same! Now the theater company involved will not actually produce LOHAD, as I call it, but they will send me $50.00. So I have fifty bucks!
Ah, not quite. The reading fee for this particular competition equalled five dollars. So I have forty-five bucks!
Ah, not quite. I promptly purchased $40.17 worth of underwear. So I now have $4.83!
Ah, not quite. At a theater event on Saturday night, I spend $3.00 dollars on a soda.
So I now have $1.83.
Which puts me approximately $1.83 ahead of 90% of every playwright in the United States of America for the year 2015.
But I still have $1.83. Not only that, I have a lot of clean new undies.
Perhaps that’s what really matters.
Vonn Scott Bair