Another Story Selected for Performance By Petaluma Readers Theatre

Hand-writing-with-penMany of you will remember that the Petaluma Readers Theatre (PRT) performed my award-winning story, “Elliott Comes to Play” on stage back in the summer of 2012. As I told PRT after the performance, “seeing my story performed on stage was truly one of the highlights of my writing career. Words cannot express how amazing it was. To sit in the audience and not only listen to my fellow attendees laugh and cry, but to experience my work as the reader does, was a dream come true. I hope I can do it again one day.”

Well, that day has come.

I am happy to announce that my work has once again been selected to be performed on stage by the Petaluma Readers Theatre. Last time I didn’t know whether to be excited or terrified at the thought of someone other than me reading my words aloud, before a paying audience. This time I’m just flat-out excited. Really, really excited to be a part of this.

The theme of the show is fatherhood, and my piece is entitled, “There’s No Daddy Here.” It’s a story about my daughter dealing with the fact that our family unit, for better or worse, includes no father. And yes, it’s bittersweet and also rather funny, if I do say so myself.

If the event is anything like the last one I attended, it’s going to be a very special evening. Please attend if you can. And then, as always, let me know what you think.



The Petaluma Readers Theatre

Dear Ole Dad: A Tribute to Fatherhood

Rough and ready, slick and sophisticated, or dowdy and squat. Whatever their shape, size, or demeanor, fathers seem to have a soft spot in our hearts—whether we like it or not.

Petaluma Readers Theatre, with Tiny Lights and the Theater at Clear Heart, present a series of stories written by authors near and far, dramatically interpreted by the talented Jon Berger, Terry Kolkey,
Jennifer March, and Leslie Scatchard.

 The Clear Heart Stage
90 Jessie Lane, Petaluma, CA
(near the Petaluma Outlet Stores)

June 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and June 21 at 2:00 p.m

Featuring poems and essays by:

Sheila Bender, Christine Falson-Daigle, David Berner, Craig Harris, Cynthia Patton,
Chuck Kensler, John Noland, Ed Rau, Susan Starbird, Pat Tyler, Eric Wallace, and Jean Wong.

Tickets are $12 and available at


If you plan to attend, please let me know. I hope to see you there!

Until next time,
Cynthia Patton

About Cynthia J. Patton

Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker, Special Needs Attorney, and Autism Mom. Also the Founder and Chairperson of Autism A to Z, a nonprofit providing resources and solutions for life on the spectrum.
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