photo by Melissa Blue

photo by Melissa Blue

“American Home, Stephanie Alison Walker’s world premiere play at the Fremont Centre Theatre in Pasadena, journeys into the impossible choices and resilience that people have when they’re about to lose everything and shares their heart wrenching yet touching stories in a fearless theatrical experience.” – Rachel Flanagan

During the time that Bob and I were fighting to keep our house out of foreclosure in 2008/2009, I wrote a play called AMERICAN HOME. That play has been given a beautiful production by Little Candle Productions at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena and is closing this weekend. That means you still have four chances left to see it!

If you’d like to know more about the show and what went into writing this play, you can read this lovely piece in the Pasadena Weekly by Bliss Bowen.

I hope you’ll come see the show!

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Pictured: Ozioma Akagha & Jono Eiland Photo Credit: Melissa Blue

Pictured: Ozioma Akagha & Jono Eiland Photo Credit: Melissa Blue

 
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It’s here! My first book. Love in the Time of Foreclosure.

What’s it about? It’s about how my husband and I created our dream life in the face of losing our dream home. It’s the story of how we saved our marriage while losing everything else. It’s about how love conquers all… even foreclosure.

In 2008, my husband lost his job soon after we had completed a major renovation on our Silver Lake home. Our only back-up plan was to sell the house. We listed the house, found new jobs (at a combined 60% less than my husband’s previous salary alone) and quickly found ourselves fighting foreclosure at the beginning of the housing crisis.

We made a pledge to each other to rise above our financial crisis. We were committed to learning everything we could from the experience and actually creating the life of our dreams. Love in the Time of Foreclosure tells the story of how we did that. The ups, the downs, the maddening struggle for a loan modification, the re-calibrating of our priorities and perception of the world, the selling of everything and everything else in between.

Who would buy it? According to author Janelle Brown, “anyone who owns, has owned or fantasizes about owning a home.” It’s also the perfect fit for anyone who is in foreclosure, worried about foreclosure, unemployed and/or struggling with something major in their life or relationship.

PRAISE FOR LOVE IN THE TIME OF FORECLOSURE

Stephanie Walker has the wit to transform the shame and anxiety of foreclosure into a genuine human adventure. Its a rare story-teller who can endure the soul-shaking loss of a home, and the concurrent stress on relationships, and see through that – one’s higher priorities in life. Stephanie does this with the kind of humor and personal insight that challenges the fierce attachment that we have to bricks and boards, and she leads us to a new understanding of what’s really important as  “home”.

Dick Gordon, “Host of “The Story”, heard on public radio stations, nationwide.”

Stephanie Walker writes about tough experiences with honesty, humor and a good dose of optimism. Her story is a window on a downturn that affected millions of Americans—for worse, but also sometimes better. There are life lessons in here for all of us.

Sara Clemence, co-founder of Recessionwire

“Love in the Time of Foreclosure” is essential reading for anyone who owns, has owned, or fantasizes about owning a home. Stephanie Walker’s personal real estate horror story is wrenching and emotionally honest, as she explores the impact of home ownership on relationships, dreams, and self-identity.

Janelle Brown, author of “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” and “This Is Where We Live”

Where can I buy it?

Love in the Time of Foreclosure is available for the Kindle on Amazon and for the Nook on Barnes & Noble.

Where can I find out more about the book?

From my publisher– Outpost19.

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American Home– my full length play about the foreclosure crisis- is a finalist for Echo Theatre Company’s Big Shout Out playwriting competition (hooray!) and will be read in a public reading

on Tuesday, October 26th at 7:30 PM

at the Bath House Cultural Center

521 E. Lawther Drive

Dallas, TX

on White Rock Lake

I wish I could be there!

 
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I just found out that my play American Home was a semi-finalist for the 2010 Princess Grace Awards.

Here’s the synopsis for American Home:

AMERICAN HOME

A Full-length play in 2 acts- 81 pages/ Drama

18 Characters, 5 women, 3 men

To possess one’s own home, however small, is the hope of every family in our country. That is the American ideal, born of an exquisite sentiment, nurtured by a long national tradition, and proved right by its innumerable practical advantages.” – President Herbert Hoover, 1932

What happens when we fail at achieving that ideal — the possession of one’s own home? What happens when we achieve it only to have it taken away? What is home and why is it so powerfully linked to our success as Americans? These are the questions explored in American Home.

Florence Rainwater is a ninety-year-old widow in Ann Arbor, Michigan who just wants to be in her home with her memories until her last day. Mike and Dana Washington are a thirty-something couple who thought they would be in their dream home in the hills of Los Angeles forever, or at least until they could trade-up. Prosperity Preacher Paula never imagined in her wildest dreams that her Florida mega-church would ever be threatened by foreclosure. And Robbie West, Michigan cop, just wants to help people and does not enjoy kicking them out of their homes.

Playwright Stephanie Alison Walker based American Home on her very own foreclosure story. The first draft was written in the midst of her fight to save her Los Angeles home from foreclosure in 2008/2009.

 
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On Monday, February 15th at 8PM a staged reading of my new play American Home will be presented as part of the Living Room Series at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood.

AMERICAN HOME

By Stephanie Alison Walker

Directed by John Billingsley

With

Ray Abruzzo

Ellen Crawford

Bonita Friedericy

Miranda Kent

Kirsten Kollender

Chris L. McKenna

Anthony Montgomery

Carey Peters

When: Monday, February 15 at 8PM

Where: The Blank (2nd Stage Theatre) 6500 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Wilcox)

Cost: free, but they ask $8 suggested donation

American Home is about what happens when Americans lose their foothold in the American Dream. It follows several people in various stages of life losing their homes to foreclosure. It’s about people forced to renegotiate the American Dream, the extremes people go to when faced with losing everything and the resilience of the American spirit.

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