Scott Still was sitting in church one Sunday when he got the idea to write a play for an actress he knew. After noticing a young man sitting in a wheelchair, the storyline for "TLC" just came to him.
"I knew the story, most of the characters, knew how it was going to start and how it was going to end almost instantly," Still, 47, said.
Although the Lawrenceville resident has a degree in theater, his experience lies in theatrical technology and scene design. What would become the serio-comedy "TLC" - an acronym for tender, loving care - was his first playwrighting endeavor. Still wrote his script in about three weeks and then sent it out to family and friends. After getting the play just how he wanted, he found an agent online who sent "TLC" out to theaters for consideration. The play debuted in San Antonio in October 2006.
The play follows a woman whose life is drastically altered after her husband is involved in an auto accident and is in a coma. It's when family, especially the woman's mother, gets involved that the subject matter turns from serious to comical.
"What makes good comedy, in my opinion, is when you're in an uncomfortable situation yet all this crazy stuff is happening," Still said. "My wife describes (the play) as an emotional roller coaster, and that's probably not too far off."
This weekend, "TLC" is being performed a little closer to home by the Lionheart Theatre Company in Norcross.
"When I first read (the play) I just loved it because it was such a real story," said Tanya Carroll, artistic director for Lionheart and the play's director. "It reminded me quite a bit of my mother and I and our battles through the years and her well-intended wants throughout my life."
Carroll had read the script and was interested in directing the play before she learned it was written by a local man.
Still saw the play as performed by Lionheart for the first time on opening night, May 8.
"I am just thrilled with the production and the cast and crew," said Still, who plans to see the play again before its final run. "Lionheart should be commended because as economic times get worse, theaters tend to clam up and do only plays that are tried and true. Just the fact that Lionheart is willing to take a chance on a very unknown play and unknown playwright is commendable."
SideBar: If you go
· What: "TLC," presented by Lionheart Theatre Company
· When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 24
· Where: College Street Playhouse, 10 College Ave., Norcross
· Cost: $15 for adults and $15 for students and seniors
· For more information: Visit www.lionhearttheatre.org