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Crawford earns playwriting award for latest work

Published Tuesday, 26th January 2010

Crawford earns playwriting award for latest work

"Moonlight Serenade", a new play by Tyler Junior College theater professor Dr. David W. Crawford, earned the PlayFest Award at the Texas Educational Theatre Association’s annual convention in Dallas.

The play had its world premiere at TJC on Nov. 18, and the original cast members reprised their roles for a performance at the TETA convention on Jan. 23.

Crawford has described "Moonlight Serenade" as "familial warfare."

"Written over a span of three years, the play centers around the homecomings after World War II," he said. "So many of the young men and women left for war as teenagers but they came home battle-worn and battle-scarred veterans. They left as children but came home adults.

"However, parents at home were anxious to forget the war years and pick up and carry on with their children’s lives – people who weren’t children anymore. Thus the conflict."

Crawford’s previous work, "Harvest", played Off-Broadway in 2007.

Elise Mullinix


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