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Ed Kociela is an acclaimed writer whose work has bridged many aspects of the media world. As a newspaperman, he won numerous awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. He now works as a freelance writer and weekly columnist for STGnews, an online news outlet. His career includes newspaper, magazine, and broadcast experience as a sportswriter, rock critic, news reporter, columnist, blogger, and essayist. Over the years, his work has been featured in myriad publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Herald-Examiner to US magazine and GOAL!, the magazine of the National Hockey League. He has also worked in entertainment media. His play, "Downwinders," was one of only three presented for a series of readings by the Utah Shakespeare Festival's "New American Playwright Series" in 2005. "Downwinders" is also available on Amazon.com. Kociela has also written two screenplays. "plygs" is the culmination of his 16-year career as a newspaper reporter, columnist, and city editor in St. George, Utah, which is located about 45 minutes from the community along the Utah-Arizona state line upon which his novel is based. He is now working on a book about his days as a rock music critic in Los Angeles, with stories about some of the greatest names in rock 'n' roll--from George Harrison to Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Frank Zappa, Peter Frampton, Eric Clapton and many others.
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Downwinders takes place in modern-day southern Utah, in the little rural Iron County town of Parowan. It is the story of a family as it tends to its ailing husband and father who is in his final bout with cancer he received as a young man when he worked as a rancher and, as a result, was exposed to the nuclear fallout that dropped from the skies after detonations at the nearby Nevada Test Site during the Cold War arms race. The familial patriarch was a good and decent man who has battled cancer previously. The story of his final days is a reflection on his life, his relationship with his family and friends, his faith and spirituality, and his encounters with the specter of death, which visits him (as a cryptic character) throughout the play. The play encompasses the breadth of humor and tragedy, all laced with the heavy texture of love, compassion, and respect as we visit with this kind-hearted man and his family during his last days. The play is a piece of historic fiction, with characters who are composites of people the playwright encountered through his research and life experiences.
New American Playwrights Project 2005
Utah Shakespeare Festival
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