I remember coming to Washington, D.C. for a college tour during my junior year of high school with my college preparatory program, Upward Bound. In addition to receiving tours of American University and George Washington University, we had the opportunity to go to the renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Of course, the Hall of States had my head cocked up to the ceiling looking for the New York State flag. And, I got to participate in the funniest mystery at the scene of mayhem, Shear Madness. I love plays, but I never been to such an energetic and funny one before! I felt included in the plot of the play, which made it very entertaining to me, but the most tragic part of this experience was that I totally forgot the name of the play over the last couple of years. Yet, I remember the plot and excitement I felt during the play as I tried to explain it to my friends. I always hoped that I would be able to attend it one more time in my life!

And guess what!  My roommate's father’s best friend (Christopher Tarjan) was a part of the first American cast of Shear Madness, and he bought six tickets for Ethan to attend the showing at Washington, D.C with some friends. As Ethan began describing the play to me, I had to stop him mid-explanation because he was describing my favorite play of all-time! And, there I was again in the Kennedy Center, watching my favorite play in similar seating as before, but more eager and excited because I knew what was coming. Yet, the cool thing about this play is that the humor is updated to recent national and local events, which makes the experience unique every time.


Shear Madness has been voted "Best Comedy of the Year" seven times by the Boston Globe and was the recipient of the title "Best Play of the Year" by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Enquirer. Shear Madness has also received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame, the first play ever to receive that accolade. It is also listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the longest running play in the history of the USA. I did not know how renowned this play is! I just love laughing, that's all. One thing I love more than plays is comedy, and Shear Madness combines both for my absolute enjoyment!


Peace & Love,


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