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Silvia Gonzalez Scherer 

This weekend and the next there will be a rare opportunity to see a brand-new play. The play is called "Death of a Social Security Benefit" and it features Shirley an older generation wacko concerned about social security benefit checks.

There is more to the story but what is interesting about this script is that it was written right after I saw a farce on Broadway. I came out of the show desiring to write a farce. Most of my plays to that time have been dramas. I wanted to stretch my wings and explore wall to wall comedy.

All went well in the writing until 2006. I could not finish the play. Frustrated I put it in the drawer and only pulled it three months ago. I invited Don Brakeman an actor and director I respect to read the script with me. We enjoyed the read through. We tried to think of a third actor for the part of William and we thought of the fine work Greg Gonzalez, Jr. had done in "Gunsmoke." We asked him to take a part. He read the script and accepted.  We even got director Raymond Gomez to direct. The problem we had after this preliminary casting was how to finish it. I did not have an ending for this play.

Silvia Gonzalez Scherer is the Executive Artistic Director and co-founder of the Hanford Multicultural Theater Company. She is also a playwright and an actress. 

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