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Walton publishes various plays

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Librarian Bradley Walton reads a book in the library.

Librarian Bradley Walton reads a book in the library.

Jenifer Bautista

Jenifer Bautista

Librarian Bradley Walton reads a book in the library.

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From serious to humerous, librarian Bradley Walton writes plays ranging from ten minutes to one and a half hour long with titles like “How to Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Absolutely Insidious and Utterly Terrifying Truth About Cat Hair.” Walton’s next creation that he is currently working on is “Allergic to Idiots.

“There are a couple very serious ones.There is a short one about a girl who is in a class with a guy who really wants to go out with her, I’ve done a couple of scripts having to do with school shootings and I have done one about a girl dealing with the fallout of her sexually abusive father dying while saving someone else’s life and trying to decide if he was more hero than monster and if the pain that he caused her should still matter,” Walton said. “I have done a play about cat hair being alive and plotting to take over the world, that’s actually my most successful play [and] it’s been done over 150 times.”

The majority of Walton’s writings are for the educational drama market. While his plays are mostly performed by middle and high schoolers, they are sometimes performed by college students or members of community theaters.

“The first play that I wrote was called ‘Monster Hunters;’ we performed it here at Harrisonburg High School in 2003. That one actually I have never attempted to get published because once you have performed a play, you have to go back and revise the script and the introduction and get it all tidied up,” Walton said.

Walton’s ideas for his plays range from ideas that pop into his head to ideas from his daughter when she was younger.

“[I get inspiration from] all over the place. One day just the title ‘The Revenge of Rainbow Sheep’ popped into my head and and I wrote a little ten minute monologue script about a rainbow colored sheep who is mocked by society and agrees to undergo dangerous scientific experiments in an abandoned warehouse in Rhode Island. [The sheep] as a result gains superpowers and has the choice of making the world a better place, but instead just decides to kill everybody who ever mocked him,” Walton said. “I think my favorite suggestion [was given] by my daughter back when she was younger. I was reading a comic book that had Howard the Duck on the cover and Howard the Duck looks a lot like Donald Duck, so much so that Disney had threatened Marvel with a lawsuit, I think, so they gave Howard the Duck pants. My daughter was in elementary school at the time and she was asking me about this duck on the cover and I was explaining the duck and she says, ‘You should write a play about a duck who gets drunk on prune juice and eats pants.’ Where she got that from? I have no idea, but I thought it was an absolutely brilliant suggestion, so I wrote a play about a duck who gets drunk on prune juice and eats people’s pants. It’s called ‘The Duck Who Ate Pants.’”

Walton has recently published his plays on six continents with “Storied” being the title that just picked up production in South America. “The Absolutely Insidious” and “Terrifying Truth About Cat Hair and Storied” are Walton’s most prideful works.

“It’s pretty cool. I feel like I’ve accomplished a little something with my life. When I picked up the South America production, it didn’t even occur to me right away that I’m on six continents now.” Walton said.

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