"You can be
friends with anyone, no matter who you are."
This is the moral
of Jane Stirling's play, The True Power of
A third grader at Key Elementary, Jane has been
working with Young Playwrights' Theater as part of her
arts programming at Fillmore Arts
Her play will be
featured at this month's New Writer's Now! on
January 28th. When her parents
heard her play had been chosen to be featured at our
event, her mother wrote, "We're so happy to see that her
abilities are finally catching up with her
Jane has a
sparkling imagination. "When I was
three, I thought I wanted to be a magician," she
love of magic inspired her play about a witch and a dog
who are each in search of a true friend. Jane has
given each of her fifteen stuffed toy dogs individual
There's Bagel the beagle, Jackie the Jack Russell
Terrier and her first love, DD.
"Next year I'm
going to test out Santa Claus to see if he's real
because I know my parents won't ever get me a dog, but
Santa Claus might bring me one. If I see a big
wiggling box under the tree, it might be an iguana, but
I prefer a dog," Jane says.
imagining her next play. "It's about a kid who wants to
grow up to be the most famous person in the world. He
finds a book about hypnotism. So he hypnotizes everybody
in the whole world, starting with the US and ending in
Antarctica," Jane says. "He even hypnotizes the penguins
and stuff," she giggles. "But then he realizes that he
shouldn't have done that because maybe all those people
would have liked him anyway."
other writers to go ahead and write "because even if
your play doesn't get picked, that play is going to be
special to you either way."
Jane has aspirations outside of writing. "I want to be an
acrobat," she says, grinning widely. "I have a
swingset in my backyard, and on warm nights I swing
Then I jump off from like 50 feet in the air!"