A few days ago on the N train during my daily commute between Manhattan and Queens, I met a woman in her late 50s. She hopped on the train with her parents beaming in a graduation cap and gown. She announced to the car that she just completed her associate’s degree in criminal justice. After 25 years as a correctional officer, she decided she needed a change. She went back to school so she could move up the latter in her career. The woman got many pats on the back and a few “congratulations” (including one from me). One woman sitting across from her who was currently working in criminal justice gave her some advice on working in the field. I had to get off a few stops later, but I didn’t stop smiling all day after that encounter.
LIKE A LADY will be performed in the Riant Theatre's Strawberry One-Act Festival on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1pm at the Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street, NYC. For tickets go to
Listen to an interview with Jorge Franco IV, playwright of LIKE A LADY on THE VINE, featuring host Kristopher Karcher.