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2023 Finalist and Runner-Up, Durango Arts Center 10-Minute Play Festival; Durango, CO
2023 Finalist, Grosse Pointe Theatre "Take Ten" Ten-Minute Play Festival; Grosse Pointe, MI
2023 First Prize, Spectacular Tournament of Playwrights Finals at The Acorn; Three Oaks, MI
Made in Maine
Woodhall Press, 9/5/23
"In Made in Maine, Shawn Samuelson Henry has given us a YA tour de force, an all-encapsulating drama with real, sensitive and growing characters who hurt and love and think and feel their way through those years when we don’t really know who we are or what we’re supposed to do. Just try to be guided by what you believe is right." More from BookTrib.com
It's as if they are living in a country music song.
When the mill closes, Edgewater's economy and hope collapse. Hunter's father starts drinking and becomes an embarrassment and liability to Hunter, who's trying to balance his high-maintenance girlfriend with life on the basketball court. Luna, attending in-person school for the first time in her 17 years, has no friends and hides behind her hoodie to escape her peers' vicious ridicule.
A tragic accident sends the town spiraling further into despair. In its wake, Luna and Hunter are forced to work together as the unlikely leaders of a fundraising project, one that attempts to make meaning of the senseless disaster. Many of Edgewater's residents jump on board to help. But some are fiercely opposed to the project, and their defiance becomes sinister. When Hunter and Luna stumble upon dark secrets and are forced to keep them, they realize the terrifying risks they are taking to knit a broken community back together.
And just like in those songs, not everything that's broken can be fixed.
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About the Author
Shawn Samuelson Henry grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire, where trips to the library were as exciting as those to the Dartmouth Skiway. After earning degrees from Bucknell University, Harvard University and the University of Wyoming, she taught English to teenagers for more than a decade. She is an avid playwright whose plays have won competitions and been produced across the United States and Canada. Shawn currently lives in Davidson, North Carolina, with her husband and three children. Contact Shawn at email@example.com.