Excerpts from a wrecked encyclopedia discovered in an abandoned skyscraper in Detroit, Michigan—many pages unreadable, many pages missing, misordered.

by Allison Shoemaker, Ryan Dolley & Mitch Vermeersch

 

  

 

Ryan Dolley was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.  He loves Coney Dogs.  His plays Linear A and Apple, Frog, Baseball were directed by Allison Shoemaker in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he learned what it was like to collaborate with good people and earned a degree in the process.  His play Joshua's Play won Best Undergraduate Play in the 2006 Western Michigan University Creative Writing Awards.  He was the assistant literary manager for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2007 season.
 
Allison Shoemaker is a writer and theater director.  Her work has appeared in The Pedestal, Dark Sky Magazine , The Common-Line Project, Barnwood and Contrary.  She is a graduate of Western Michigan University's theater department.  She now lives, works, and writes in Chicago.  The Excerpts are for the dhoustnes-- they know who they are.
 
Mitch Vermeersch is a creative writing student at Western Michigan University. His plays have been produced at WMU, Kalamazoo College, and the Black Hills Theater Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2007 he was a member of the Theatermakers Summer Program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. His play RADIO GAGA won Best Overall Play in the 2007 WMU Creative Writing Awards.
 
A note on the creation of the piece: Ryan and Mitch decided to write a play for Allison to direct.  The piece that resulted, Apple Frog Baseball, was developed by the playwrights and director in conjunction with actors Seth Miller (I) and Ghafir Akbar.  Some of the fat that was trimmed in that play grew into another.  It latched on to another, which then morphed into another.  Allison thought it might be fun to make an encyclopedia for the world Ryan and Mitch created.  It was.  The Excerpts are the result.