"Every teacher and parent should see hard 2 spel dad...Every kid, too...Even if you don't have a loved one with a learning difference, the show is a must-see for the way it promotes understanding of those who do. It's a cry in a darkened theatre to remind us of how precious all our children are. And how important it is for teachers, parents and friends to be at the ready with a lifeline. Like this play."Nancy Churnin, Theater Critic, Dallas Morning Herald.
"Every teacher and parent should see hard 2 spel dad... Every kid, too... Even if you don't have a loved one with a learning difference, the show is a must-see for the way it promotes understanding of those who do. It's a cry in a darkened theatre to remind us of how precious all our children are. And how important it is for teachers, parents and friends to be at the ready with a lifeline. Like this play."Nancy Churnin, Theater Critic, Dallas Morning News
"hard 2 spel dad is edgy, empathetic, and at times humorous and always thought provoking. The message that individuals have unique gifts despite learning differences empowers and uplifts."Marilee Vergati, Dallas Examiner
"hard 2 spel dad tells the story of dyslexia and learning differences from the inside out. If you're on the fringes of learning differences and the students they affect, your awareness and empathy will be heightened by this play. If you live on the inside of this world, hard 2 spel dad will leave you saying 'Wow! Someone finally gets it!"Michelle Bufkin, MPA, CALT (Certified Academic Language Therapist), QI President, Academic Langauge Therapy Association, Dallas, Texas
hard 2 spel dad Script
Imagine that every time you open a book, letters play tricks on you. They flip, they reverse, they jump upside down. Every sentence you read takes so much efforteso much energyebecause the letters don't behave. By the time you reach the end of the sentence, you've lost its meaning. You're embarrassed and feel stupid. This is what two young people with learning differences face in hard 2 spel dad. Still grieving and angry over the heroic death of her fireman father, 13-year-old Pamela hopes to make a fresh start when she and her mother move to a new town to help care for her grandfather. Pamela has a learning difference, dyslexia, and so, she thinks, does her new skateboarding friend Zak, 15 years old and still stuck in middle school. The two young people struggle to read their class assignment, Romeo and Juliet, but when, after watching the modern DVD version, Zak passionately retells the entire story, Pamela concocts a scheme she is convinced will show how smart Zak is. When this backfires, Zak, humiliated and angry, seeks solace in prescription drugs and alcohol with near tragic results. But hope triumphs as, finally, Pamela accepts her father's death, Zak's learning difference is diagnosed and addressed and they both look forward to starting high school. hard 2 spel dad dramatizes the loss of self-esteem, isolation, and risky behaviors that all too often accompany learning differences. The play will give audiences an understanding of what it feels like to learn differently, the school's critical role in accommodating learning differences, and the strength, courage and perseverance of those who turn these differences into distinctions. Premier production at the Dallas Children's Theater. Area staging. Approximate running time: 1 hour.