Student writes, produces play for senior project

"Dreams and Things" is a play written last year when Sam Cone was a junior at Prospect High School. This year, as a senior, Cone has turned the script into an actual production.
    
Cone says he originally became inspired his freshman year as his English teacher gave him "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "Death of a Salesman" to read. The concept that a family has the American dream and should be happy, but was not, caught his attention. His teacher encouraged him to write.
   
By the time he became a senior, he had shared the script  with some friends who encouraged him to produce it. Sam said that sounded like a good idea as long as it did not interfere with his senior project. The light came on and so did the challenge when his English teacher suggested that could be his senior project.
   
It has been more than 10 years since Prospect has had a full length theater production so Sam has basically started a theater department for the Prospect School District.
   
Sam describes "Dreams and Things" saying, "The night is always darkest before the dawn. In the play, Nathan Frost and family discover that having money is not all it is cracked up to be. When Nathan’s daughter, Susan, is accidentally killed, the family finds that no matter how much money they receive, they can’t buy back happiness, nor Susan’s life. As each family member draws closer to the void, can they save themselves, or are they doomed to fall apart?"
   
The play is Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the high school gym. While there is no charge, donations to go toward a theater department will be greatly appreciated.
   
Sam and his family live in Shady Cove but he attends school in Prospect.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent    

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