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Martin R. Collin

Martin R. Collin
 
Martin R. Collin is the English Department Chairman and Drama Director at Saint James School, in Hagerstown, Maryland. He has taught at Saint James for over 20 years (and before that at The Kildonan School, in Amenia, New York and before that at the University of Maryland-College Park) and has directed over 100 plays.

 
I have known him for a long time. Heck, all of his life. Here are five things about him that I know are true:

 
1. His students make him laugh almost every day.

 
2. The last time Collin taught Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, three of his ninth grade students took up a collection in their dormitory, got out on Maryland's Interstate 70, and tried to run away from school and go to New York. He had asked them earlier that evening in Sunday night study hall if they had done their reading, and they nefariously smiled at him and said, yes.

 
Don't worry, the boys were apprehended by the Maryland State Police at 3:00 am. They never actually left the state.

 
3. When a close friend died in March 2000, Collin read an ee cumming's poem at the funeral (I am a little church [no great cathedral]) and then wrote his departed friend in as a character into the school's annual Christmas play so he could see him again once a year. He believes that a kind-hearted trumpeter and music teacher who loved Christmas needs to be remembered.

 
4. He loves his wife more than all the chocolate milkshakes in Boston, Massachusetts.

 
5. Other published work: Reindeer Games: A Christmas Pageant for Young and Old!, a full-length, large cast, made for stage holiday extravaganza (Leicester Bay Theatricals). I Love You When It's Raining, Roy G. Biv, a large cast, nostalgic one-act drama about an inspirational teacher (Lazy Bee Scripts). Delia Dancer, Doughnut Girl, a full-length, large cast, made for stage, audience participation radio melodrama-comedy (Heuer Publishing). The Mistake, a fast-paced madcap, one act comedy, a private conversation, and a humorous biting look at best friends (Heuer Publishing).


Plays by Martin R. Collin with Brooklyn Publishers:
MAN IN SEAT 24, OR THE UNINVITED GUEST
YOU DON'T HAVE TO FEED A CELLO