Three Hots and a Cot

Three Hots and a Cot | Stories of Courage from People Struggling with Homelessness, Addiction, and AIDS by Nancy Wyatt

Man in silhouette against an orange sky=book cover picture for Three Hots and a Cot"

It is a playbook (the script of a playused by the actors as an acting text, including licensing agreements plus line numbers for use by actors and directors who are staging the production). It is available here.

The paperback book for the reading public is available here at $10 + $3 shipping.

Discounted rates are available for book clubs, teachers who use this book as reading assignments, etc. 25 copies at $9 ea | 50 copies at $8 ea. | 100 copies at $7 ea. plus shipping.

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Now, it’s also available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle book for the rest of us to enjoy.

Go to my Amazon Author’s Page to order or to learn more about additional books, as they are published.

I am pictured here with some of the Voices From the Streets and Variety Pack players. These people became my friends in Washington, D.C. I met them while volunteering at a shelter for people experiencing homelessness, addiction, AIDS, and other traumas. Most of them lived in the largest shelter in the country, and all helped us raise awareness about the difficult issues they faced. Also pictured is the late  Suzy Goldman, who first convinced me to become the Producer/Director for Voices From the Streets. That led to all things great and glorious!

Nancy Wyatt with homeless people rehearsing for performance

 

Variety Pack” was the name of the non-profit organization I created to serve the interests of people who were homeless. It also was the name of my performing troupe, comprised of people I met at the Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) shelter in Washington, D.C.

The scripts are authentic stories of people who became homeless, drug-addicted, and/or were diagnosed HIV+. These monologues are told from the personal perspectives of the homeless people, volunteers at the shelter, and an outside observer.

We performed the scripts as monologues, because one never knew who actually would show up for a performance, given addiction, health issues, and the many physical dangers of living in a shelter environment. We chose to do them as dramatic readings, rather than as memorized pieces, for the same reason. There were occasions when we engaged our homeless musician or gospel choir friends to perform with us between the soliloquies.

Many of the homeless people died of AIDs, diabetes, and other afflictions. However, all the survivors who were members of my performing troupe went on to become “clean and sober.” They went back to or created new families, work, and school pursuits. They were able to resume normal lives and remain drug and alcohol-free all these years later. I am so proud of them!

Congressman Tom Lantos entered one of the dramatic readings into the Congressional Record of the U.S.A., and our entire performance was videotaped by the National Archives of the U.S.A.

We played for members of Congress, the National Archives, Virginia Governor Wilder’s Conference on Housing and Homelessness, and for religious, educational, business, and civic organizations throughout the Washington D.C. Metro Area and as far away as Kansas CityPerformances of Three Hots and a Cot also were aired on Northern Virginia cable television for many months.

Go to my Amazon Author’s Page to order or to learn more about additional books, as they are published.

Man in silhouette against an orange sky=book cover picture for Three Hots and a Cot"

 

he paperback book for the reading public is available here at $10 + $3 shipping.

Discounted rates are available for book clubs, teachers who use this book as reading assignments, etc. 25 copies at $9 ea | 50 copies at $8 ea. | 100 copies at $7 ea. plus shipping.

Bulk Orders | classes/groups