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William Fowkes lives in New York City. His full-length plays include Couple of the Century (Downtown Urban Theater Festival 2008), The Best Place We’ve Ever Lived (Northern Writes New Play Festival 2009, Penobscot Theatre Company), All in the Faculty (reading 9/09, Turtle Shell Theater, NYC) and others. Three of his one-act plays have been presented in New York: "The Dakota" (Best Short Play Award—Downtown Urban Theater Festival 2005, Cherry Lane Theatre; also Ensemble Studio Theatre's Octoberfest 2005), "The Session" (finalist—Strawberry One-Act Festival Winter 2005; published in The Distillery; nominated for The Pushcart Prize), “The Next Move” (staged reading—EST’s Octoberfest 2006). His fiction has appeared in many journals, including Eureka Literary Magazine, Lullwater Review, Limestone, Nassau Review, Wisconsin Review, Chariton Review and others. A graduate of Yale (BA, magna cum laude) and Northwestern (MA, PhD) and a former philosophy professor, he is a marketing VP at Showtime.

The German Lesson

Why worry when life is spectacular? Trevor Hudson is a public relations man with a special talent for putting the best face on things. At the moment, all he wants from life is to be left in peace to study his German lesson, but he keeps being interrupted by people who pour their heart out to him and become infuriated when he minimizes their problems. Despite his calm exterior, it soon becomes clear that his life is spinning out of control and that his German lesson is part of a plan to free him from his past.