Sunday, July 9, 2017

Why did I write a family friendly version of Flowers in the Desert

I wrote the first version of this play when I was younger. I was trying to be a writer who could tackle tough social issues.

But over time, I've rewritten this script, because it is one of my favorites.

I realized more and more that this was really a tribute to the memory of my grandparents. They were conservative Christians (my grandfather was a minister later in life) and I think they would prefer a more family friendly version.

So, this new version focuses on my tribute to my grandparents rather than the social issues I originally focused on. Those issues are important to me, but it became more and more important that I create a lasting tribute to my grandparents, who helped make me the person I am today. I owe many of my best qualities to them and I want to honor them in the best way possible.

Read the latest version of "Flowers in the Desert"

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More about the play:

"Flowers in the Desert" is a full length play scripts about a group home for troubled girls isolated in the desert. Ma and Sarge watch over the girls and try to guide the teens to make better decisions for their lives but it proves to be as challenging as growing flowers in the desert.

Background on the play Flowers in the Desert by D. M. Larson 

I often get questions about my play "Flowers in the Desert" (ISBN-13: 978-1494806217) so here is a little bit on the inspiration for the play:

Flowers in the Desert is based on my grandparents experiences running a group home for troubled youth. The characters in the script, especially Ma and Sarge, are based on real people. Some of the moments in the script are based on stories they told me.

Their group home was in Washington State and they worked with youth in the 1960s and 70s. I started writing this play in the 1990s and have changes the time period and setting many times from Washington to Idaho to New Mexico and from the 70s to the present. I don't think the setting or time period is important. It's really about their experiences and feelings that matters.

This is one of my favorite plays I've written, because of that special connection to my grandparents. I really hope this play keep their memory alive and captures the spirit of how amazing they were.

I have a feeling this will be a play I will continue to rewrite throughout my life, hoping to make it the best script possible. All writers hope their work will outlive them and if I were to pick one script to keep alive in the future, it would be this one.

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