The idea came visiting people in a retirement
home. My grandmother's move to one. just watching the people.. My grandmothers
life just became a silent room after a life of activity, The play is
dedicated to my grandmother Doris Belle Wolfe who passed away in the
Having the play win inspired me to write two more acts with the same
characters. Each act take place on a front porch at different periods
in the life of a family and will be called a porch trilogy.
I have always wanted to be a writer and have been writing since early
high school. It wasn't until College that I was inspired to really
get serious about it. My greatest inspiration came from my literature
teacher, Betty Hodgeton and Dr. Robert Wilson my poetry and english
teacher at SSU. I joined the Phoenix Writers of which Dr Bob was faculty
advisor. It's other writers
that give support and keep you going. Being a member of The Grayson
Ky Fiction Writers was an inspiration to keep writing.
At present Dexter is working on a fiction novel and plans to write
more plays and would like to try and write a screenplay in the near
future. He already has an idea for next years play contest at Dubuque.
"I was really surprised at winning. I thought I would get a
nice letter thanking me for participating and then the call came that
I had won second place. It became real to me only when, Gill Boltinghouse,
the play director, called to discuss casting and asked me to recommend
tryout scenes. Another thing that made it real was the $300.00 winning
"I was asked to provide photos and a biography was asked if
I would give a TV interview on a Dubuque TV program called News Light
when I arrived in Debuque. I was informed the play
would be taped and aired on public TV in the state of Iowa. All of
this was very exciting considering this was my first play."
Plays were submitted from all 50 states including Canada and Mexico.
There were 100 script readers from local universities in the Iowa area.
Ten were selected to be finally judged and out of the ten plays three
The play will be given August 25 and 26 at the historical Five Flags
Theater in Debuque, Iowa.
Dexter is a Research Associate II in the Chemical Technition Department
at Lockheed Martin in Piketon, OH. He has three associate degrees from
SSU and a BSDegree from Otterbien College in Westerville, OH and has
taken some graduate courses. He has attended numerous writers workshops.
Dexter lives with his miniature schnauzer named Shadoe in McDermott,
OH. He written and published travel, historical and how to articles
in national magazines and has been widely
published as a poet. He also plays bassoon in the Portsmouth Community
Orchestra. His favorite place to write is in a swing under a huge ash
tree in his back yard which overlooks Brush Creek. He is always on
the look out for new writers groups and workshops because he believes
writers inspire other writers.
" Tomorrow's Dance" is a play about life in a retirement
home and how to loosen up and realize it's never too late to live and
DExter and a group of writer friends will be attending the play performances.
Dexter will attend the dress rehearsal on Aug 24. and will attend a
playwright brunch on Saturday August 26.