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Calling this section "Plays" is a bit of a misnomer, since only one actual play is available here. I experimented with plays long ago, but one of my short stories led me to the only success I've had as a playwright.

In the late 1980s, I wrote a story called "Your Money Or Your Life" set in the home town of my youth, Colorado Springs. An old-fashioned hobo arrives via box car and has a brief brush with instant success. In 1998, I revised my manuscript and sent copies to a few friends as part of my Christmas gift, since the story had a Christmas theme.

One of my dearest friends, Ida Boatright Hutchison, liked it enough to take it upon herself to adapt the unpublished story into a script that she entered into a contest for radio plays, and she won second prize. Never one to hog credit, she shared the modest prize with me. I was in the process of figuring out what gift to buy her with the money when she passed away suddenly in February of 2000.

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As luck would have it, the company that produced and acted the radio plays needed a Christmas story that year, so our play made it into production. Then the following year another contest, this one requiring a classical music theme, furnished no viable entries, so the producer asked me to write something that might fit the bill. What I came up with was the quirky story of the one and only romance the early avant-garde composer Erik Satie had in his life. I titled the play "Vexations, " a reference to a typically peculiar work he wrote which he indicated on the score should be repeated 840 times, a feat rarely accomplished.

I have recordings of the KCME productions of both "Your Money Or Your Life" and "Vexations." CDs are $15 and include both plays. If you're interested, contact me.

Erik Satie by Pablo Picasso