About Once Upon A Playground

after tomboys on a playground cruelly reject a girl with a funny nose because she is different, each expresses her inner fear of being different. The girl with the funny nose discovers a boy like herself. He offers friendship, hope and illusion. This comedy portrays the cruelty of youth as a total theatre experience, blending realism with such theatrical devices like stylized movement, choral chants and expressionism.

About the Author 

Jack Frakes
Most of Jack Frakes’ adult life has been involved in playwriting and teaching and directing theatre. He began his theatre career early, acting in elementary school. He joined Mary MacMurtrie’s Tucson Children’s Theatre for a number of years and continued to act in a variety of productions through high school, college and, later, many community theatres. Mr. Frakes is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. After graduating from the University of Arizona as a psychology major, he took courses in speech and drama at San Diego State University, followed by graduate work in theatre at Stanford University. Of his fourteen years teaching high school drama Mr. Frakes says, “This was a very productive period in my life and an extremely rewarding experience. I was fortunate to have many bright and talented students from that era who still remain true and valued friends.” He moved on to serve as the drama coordinator for the Tucson Unified School District, where he developed curriculum and conducted acting and directing workshops for teachers and students from kindergarten through high school. During this time he was actively involved in statewide Thespian conferences. A move to the northern California bay area in the 1980s led to Mr. Frakes serving as artistic director of a community theatre in south San Francisco, where he directed numerous productions. In 2001 he returned to Tucson, where he currently lives with his wife. A lifetime interest in playwriting has led Mr. Frakes to numerous original productions as well as publications of four one-act plays by Samuel French: Final Dress Rehearsal, Once Upon a Playground, Sally and Sam and The Spoofydoof’s Funnybone. He is a longtime member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America and meets regularly with Old Pueblo Playwrights.


Walker Middle School

One of Texas’ fastest-growing school districts, Little Elm ISD is nestled neatly along 62 miles of shoreline on Lake Lewisville. The District encompasses 40 square miles in the southeast corner of Denton County and serves students who reside in the communities of Little Elm, Frisco, Hackberry, Lakewood Village, Oak Point, and The Colony. Little Elm ISD currently enrolls nearly 8,100 students in six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. While it still enthusiastically maintains that “small town” feel, LEISD embraces innovative programs, technology, and a rigorous curriculum that set it apart from larger communities and districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.