One of the most compelling things about the series Mad Men is its success as a period piece. But unlike treatments of the more distant past, this is a period many of us remember. We remember it so well, that the series reminds us of how much we’ve forgotten — styles, attitudes, cigarette smoke, to name some of the obvious few.
What does it mean to be adventurous? Ask town resident Noreen Connolly the next time you see her in Fitzgerald’s. She received the news while sitting in the office of her oncologist. When she posed the inevitable question, he said “Go for it!” She had just learned, a woman in her 60’s, that she had won a prize previously reserved for kids in their 20’s — a trip with NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to the developing world.
She recovered fully from the cancer, but never from the trip.
We all know some of the best things in life are free, but it’s rare to encounter an organization so completely dedicated to that idea. If you are a writer, or an aspiring writer, or just someone with a story to tell (which is everyone) and you don’t know about The Write Group of Montclair, don’t stop reading now.
You never know who’s sitting at the table next to you.
Take John Wooten, a Glen Ridge resident for four years – playwright, director, teacher of Playwriting, Acting as a Profession, and Inside TV, resident director for a screenwriting competition sponsored by the International Emmy Awards, and his day job – Producing Artistic Director at Kean University’s Premiere Stages.
Plays written by John have been produced Off-Broadway, in England, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Serbia, South Africa, and in thirty-eight states across America. His film Cat in the Pan premiered at the Montreal Film Festival and has been seen in festivals across North America.