Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Authors
Charlie Lovett (Email me!)
Charlie Lovett has been a children's playwright since 2001, but he is also a novelist and author of over a dozen books. His 2013 novel The Bookman's Tale was a New York Times Bestseller and was featured in People, Parade, and USA Today. It has been translated into a dozen languages. The follow-up to this success is First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen, published October 16, 2014 by Viking. First Impressions has already been recommended by Good Housekeeping as one of the four “Hot New Novels” of October.
Charlie was born in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated from Summit School and Davidson College, where he received his B.A. in Theatre in 1984. His first book, Alice on Stage, was published in 1990, and he has since written several books on the subject of Lewis Carroll. He owns one of the largest collections of Lewis Carroll books and related materials in the world. In 1994, he enrolled in the MFA-Writing program at Vermont College, where he researched and wrote most of the critically acclaimed Love, Ruth: A Son's Memoir. He is also the author of The Fat Lady Sings, a young adult novel published in 2011.
Charlie now lives in Winston-Salem with his wife Janice. He served for over a decade as Writer-in-Residence at Summit School, where his Pioneer Drama Service plays premiered. His first play, Twinderella, won the Shubert Fendrich Playwriting Contest award.
"My philosophy of drama for children has developed over many years...
Rather than assuming that children are incapable of understanding certain
words and ideas and that they are broadly divided into "stars" and those who
can't act, I assume that children's performances will rise to meet the level
of the material they are given and that at the elementary level, all
children should be given equal opportunities on stage. My plays for
elementary students, therefore, tend to have a fairly even distribution of
parts and are filled with humor and cultural allusions that provide learning
opportunities for the students and fun for the parents and teachers."
— Charlie Lovett
Titles by Charlie Lovett:
Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood
The Emperor’s Birthday Suit
A Hairy Tale
Hairy Tale Rock
Happily Forever After
Little Miss Gingerbread
A Nose for the News
Omelette, Chef of Denmark