From the age of 12 Debbie Lawhorn, of Milford, has been writing. She has had poems published in two books in the Library of Congress and has written numerous short stories and has several unfinished novels. In 2007 she attended an on-stage play performance featuring her daughter as an actress and said she was hooked.
“I knew then that I wanted to write plays,” Lawhorn said. “The ideas for plots just come to me, I can visualize the characters and even their names just pop into my head. I wake up in the middle of the night and have to write down the ideas that come to me.”
Lawhorn is the playwright and driving force behind the Performing Live on The Town Performers. The group has met with much success since their inception in 2008. Their last dinner theater performance “Driving Me Crazy” sold out each night.
She said that enjoys writing murder mysteries and knew that she wanted her last play to end with a twist.
"I got the reaction that I was hoping for from the audience," said Lawhorn. "At the end of the play there was complete silence. No one was expecting the ending - it took them totally by surprise."
Lawhorn says she has a passion to write and also do good things as a result of her writing. She has written plays and performed for area senior citizens, veterans associations and volunteer groups.
"In the future, I want to do something really big for veterans, but I'm not sure what yet," said Lawhorn.
The P.L.O.T.T. Performers will be performing Going, Going, Gone on March 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28 at Receptions in Eastgate.
"Our performances are interactive, we involve all the people in the audience. They actually become part of the play. Our plays are all original works, I know because I write them. We have involved all of our family in the productions and we are having so much fun," said Lawhorn. "For each new play we hold auditions and I've met so many new people and made so many new friends as a result. We are really growing and our group is getting larger."
Lawhorn says she has been approached by a number of people to write plays specifically for a target audience which means that her schedule is getting more full.
She also notes that the plays are family friendly.
"The last performance we had people in the audience from age 7 to 70 and everyone of them had fun," she said. "Where else can you go as a family and enjoy a good meal and live entertainment for $20 a person?"
In addition to the plays, Lawhorn is busy working on a short movie to be released this summer and is working on an informational show to be aired on Union Township Television.
"We are looking for people who are willing to share their human interest stories on TV," said Lawhorn. "We're calling our show 'Do Tell' and it will be taped at the Union Township studio."
Lawhorn has also written some children's plays and recently won a Blue Chip Award for one of her plays. Her original play, "A Catered Affair," was also featured at the Newlight Festival in the fall of 2008.
For more information about P.L.O.T.T. Performers, visit their website at www.plottperformers.com or contact Debbie Lawhorn by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the upcoming performance can be purchased through the website.