Jean Emery is a normal high school girl whose world gets turned upside down when she receives a surprising letter in the mail from her eccentric aunt. The letter claims that Jean has magical powers and the ability to grant wishes. Jean dismisses it as a joke, but unfortunately, her rival gets possession of the letter and plans to use it to blackmail her. Neither one believes for a moment that the crazy story in the letter could possibly be true -- or what kind of disasters could happen if everybody were to suddenly get exactly what they wished for!
PLAYWRIGHT SCOTT HAAN TALKS ABOUT
“HEX MARKS THE SPOT”
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I want kids to feel the same love of theatre that I felt growing up (and still feel today), and having fun onstage is the best way to do that. I've gotten a lot of feedback from schools around the country that have had a blast performing my play Super Freaks, so I wanted to write something else in the same vein with the same goal. My hope is that high school and middle school students will have a wonderful time bringing these crazy characters and situations to life.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: The entire Scene 5 madhouse makes me happy. Rich storming off when Stephanie is insulted, Amber trying to stick a waffle to Liz's face, the Eskimos waddling away in terror, Dexter's painful THUD...it would be hard to pick a single favorite moment. I love it when chaos and silliness collide.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?
A: The characters themselves aren't really based on any actual people; they are pure invention. However, I will say the names "Jean" and "Tom" are a tribute to two of my favorite people, who have been married for 46 years (and counting)...and I foresee the same longevity for the fictional Jean and Tom.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: Mostly laughter--that was the primary goal. But I also wanted to communicate that people, both kids and adults, should appreciate who they are and what they have right now. We all engage in wishful thinking, wanting to change something about ourselves, but quite often, that "something" is what makes us unique and interesting and special...and should make us proud. So what the play expresses, in a humorous way, is that adage "Be careful what you wish for."
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: Just that I hope everybody enjoys reading, watching or performing this show, and that I'm grateful to Eldridge for making it available!