Sometimes good things happen when you don't read a book
Apr 11, 2019 | By: Kate DeCoste Photography
When I was sixteen, a junior at Wahoo High School and had the choice of reading the book; Huck Finn or writing a one act play, I wrote the play.
This was part of an assignment in my English class and the majority of my classmates chose to read the book. If I remember correct, three of us wrote a play. For me, the choice was very easy. Not because I was an aspiring playwright or that I had dreams of being published. The reason was, I am a slow reader and that book was thick. I took one look at the book and knew exactly what my choice was. I have never been a fan of just picking up a book and reading. In fact, I really didn't start reading for fun until I lived in New York City and needed something to do on the train rides to and from places. When I was still pursuing theatre, I read a lot of plays, but those were always different for me. It was dialogue and stage directions. It didn't seem so daunting when you flipped the page. Don't get me wrong, I love stories. I love telling stories. But when you are a slow reader, a 400 page book can give you anxiety.
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, the plays that the three of us wrote were not only for our English class, but our teacher, Mr. Fangman who is still teaching at WHS, submitted our plays into a contest that the Lincoln Community Playhouse was putting on. The play I wrote, Until my last breath won first place which meant my play was produced at LCP. The director of that play was Patrick Lambrecht who is pictured below. I hadn't seen him since the closing night of the play at LCP and then a few months ago his wife reached out for headshots for herself. When I photographed Rachel, I had no idea who she was married too. We did chat a little bit about how her husband did film and theatre, but names were not mentioned and so the connection wasn't made. That is until Patrick saw her proofs and my business name which of course is my name. I received a Facebook message from him asking about headshots for himself and that my name seemed very familiar. When I saw his name come across my messages, I knew exactly who he was and couldn't believe what a small world it is we live in and also the fact that it had been 24 years since I was 16 years old.
It was great to have Patrick in front of the camera and to talk about what we had been doing for the past 24 years.
I took a look after writing the content for this blog to see if there is anything on the internet about the play. I found a link to purchase DOODLEBUGS so if you are interested in reading a little bit more about the play that I wrote and some other Wahoo High School seniors also wrote, click HERE.