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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

2024 Semi-Finalist Heartland Theatre Company Ten-Minute Play Festival; Normal, IL

Made in Maine

Woodhall Press, 9/5/23


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. 

Shawn Samuelson Henry

"Gotta Give a Damn"

From Made in Maine

Lyrics by Shawn Samuelson Henry
Music by Robert Alexander
Guitar/Vocals- Robert Alexander
Mandolin/Vocals- Stephanie Malushizky


The Owl & Turtle Bookshop Café - Camden, Maine.
Book Launch - September 8, 2023

Still North Books & Bar - Hanover, New Hampshire
Book Talk and Signing - September 20, 2023

Main Street Books- Davidson, North Carolina
Book Talk and Signing - September 28, 2023

Coreander's Book Shoppe - Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Book Talk and Signing - October 4, 2023

Literary Ladies Book Club - Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Book Talk - October 25, 2023

Davidson College Adolescent Psychology Class - Davidson, North Carolina

Question and Answer with students - November 28, 2023

Davidson College Presbyterian Church Book Club - Davidson, North Carolina

Question and Answer with adult class - January 29, 2024

Pages End Men's Book Group - Davidson, North Carolina
Question and Answer - February 22, 2024

The Pines Book Club - Davidson, North Carolina

Question and answer - February 28, 2024

Sterling College (Vermont) Creative Writing Class - Zoom
Question and answer - March 26, 2024


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