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  • Philip Dawkins's 3 Wishes for 2017

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    Philip Dawkins (he/him/his) is a Chicago playwright whose works include Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre), and Charm, both of which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, The Homosexuals (About Face Theatre), Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens), and his solo show The Happiest Place On Earth (Side Show/Greenhouse Theatre Center). His adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches with musical collaborator David Mallamud, premiers this February at Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis, and Charm will receive its NYC premiere this fall at MCC. Philip is a Core Writer with the Playwrights' Center, an Artistic Associate of both About Face Theatre and Side Show Theatre, and an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens. He sometimes teaches playwriting at Northwestern University, his alma mater Loyola University Chicago, and through the Victory Gardens ACCESS Program for writers with disabilities. His plays for young folks and adults can be found at Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatic Publishing Company.

    As for my three wishes, I'll say this...

    Wish number 1:
    There are 7 billion people on the planet.
    There are roughly 450 million goats on the planet.
    That's enough for every fifteen and a half humans to have their own goat!!!!
    Let's assume that fourteen and a half out of every 15 humans, for some reason, just doesn't want their own goat.
    What I'm saying is: WHERE'S MY FUCKING GOAT!?!?!?

    Wish number 2:
    Remember that 1986 made for tv musical, Babes in Toyland, starring an 11 year old Drew Barrymore, and Keanu Reeves, and Pat Morita as Santa Claus?  
    I do. I remember it.
    Wish I didn't.

    Wish number 3:
    That history would stop retweeting itself.