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Judith Offer

POET + PLAYWRIGHT

Parts for Women (and Men) 17-70    +    American History    +    The Many Faces of Oakland    +    Plays for Children
Poetry You Can Understand    +    Musicals    +    Humor

Plays

Judith's one-act plays have entertained audiences across the United States. Her full-length plays for adult audiences include three musicals, where Judith wrote the book and lyrics and collaborated with composers of original music. In addition, Judith has written the book and lyrics for three childrens' musicals, performed by children for children, again collaborating with composers of orginal music.

Information on each of Judith's plays is available here, as well as information on some works in progress. For more information, including with respect to production rights, contact us.

Poetry

Judith's poetry has been published in a number of poetry and non-poetry magazines, as well as having been heard on National Public Radio. Judith has four books of poetry, three of which are still in print and can be ordered from this Web site. Selections from each book can be found here.

Workbooks

Judith has three workbooks available to teachers using drama to reinforce subject matter learning. The first, California History Plays for Young People, is designed for use in fourth-grade classrooms. In loose-leaf form, the workbook is designed to permit copying by teachers for classroom use.

One Act Play, June 14-17

See my play, A Neutral Stage, at the Piedmont Center Theater’s One-Act Festival:

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Upcoming Reading

Celebrating National Poetry Month and spring, Judith will read at Laurel Books on Saturday, April 7th at 2:00 with Adina Sara, Garden Columnist and Poet. Details, including free parking information, are available at:
http://www.laurelbookstore.com/event/celebrate-spring-judith-offer-and-adina-sara

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Play By Play

Are you a playwright, actor, or theatre groupie? Come on Sunday, April 29th at 2:00, to Brooklyn Preserve, 1433 12th Avenue in Oakland (94606) for the first in a series of monthly play readings. We’ll read entire plays, not scenes, and share opinions. Brooklyn Preserve, a new community arts center being developed by Fallon Blaser, is an historic church. Join Fallon and I in our effort, supported by Puffin Foundation, Ltd, to develop work illuminating/celebrating our interesting and dynamic city.

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Recent Publications

My poem, “He Thinks It Was Just You He Married,” was published on Beatte Sigidaughter’s blog, Writing In A Woman’s Voice, on September 17th.
My new poem, “What I Have to Say,” has been published on Soul-Lit, a journal of spiritual poetry.
My poems, “Professor Anita Hill, Judge Clarence Thomas, the Senators, and Us,” and “A Noteworthy Life And Death,” were published on Writing In A Woman’s Voice,

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Naatak Theatre

This year I have had fun “discovering” Naatak Theatre, the campy, energetic, East Indian-American community theatre group centered in Santa Clara and Palo Alto.  They have done so many things right that if you’re a theatre person, you really need to check them out.  (Or if you’re not, check them out, too.)
Of course when I say “discovered”, I don’t mean the Christopher Columbus version of thinking I was the first one in empty territory.  I realized before I attended anything that Naatak was in its twentieth (now twenty-first year) of operations,

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Two Really Good Essays about the Poetry Biz, by David Alpaugh

For those of you who are poets, or whose partners/close friends are poets I can’t recommend enough times that you check out these two articles.  David Alpaugh and I are long-time colleagues in the poetry world;  we were in the same poets’ workshop in Walnut Creek  about 30 years ago.  He was just getting started as a poet;  his day job was in PR/advertising.  It’s not surprising that he had an interest in analyzing poetry as a “biz”.

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