Stafford Middle School

Stafford Theatre Students Meet Author of One-Act Play

Jan 21, 2016

The Stafford Middle School UIL One-Act Play cast and crew recently met and worked with Laura Lundgren Smith, the award-winning author of their One-Act Play entry, Digging Up The Boys.

The students had an opportunity to learn about her playwriting process, ask questions about her research and discuss character motivations.

The play, set in a small southern mining community, is about the aftermath of an explosion in a mine and the families' struggle with a corrupt mine company.

“This was very interesting and certainly not a regular classroom experience!" said Stafford theatre instructor Jenn Elder. "It was an incredible opportunity for our students and is one they will not soon forget."

Smith is a native of Texas. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband Ben and daughter India Samhaoir. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Theatre and English and a Master of Arts in Theatre from Texas A&M University at Commerce.

Smith was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Commissions Grant in 2004 for playwriting. Her plays Sending Down the Sparrows (Salmon, 2001), Digging up the Boys (Salmon, 2007), and The Shape of the Grave have been produced many times across the United States. In 2007, her play Seamless was chosen by Dallas' Kitchen Dog Theatre to be part of their renowned New Works Festival.

Smith posted about her visit with Stafford students on her Facebook page.