Last Wednesday I attended the Playwrights Group of Baltimore who presented “Playful Poe”. These seven one acts were inspired by the short stories of the Baltimore native, Edgar Allen Poe. Throughout the seven plays there was one rising theme; relationships. At first it was team building and relationships were built and trust was gained to accomplish a simple task. Then it was acting and working together to form a successful production. I learned however that no matter what situation its your relationships that carry you through them. Similar to the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, relationships are most important. Despite the ups and downs and abuse the boy suffers from his father, he still cherishes his relationship to his father. The poem “(Untitled)” by Peter Meinke also talks about relationships. The father rekindles his torn relationship with his son and feels remorse. He realizes that relationships, especially with his son, are more important than drinking or other dangerous habits. The Jesuit tradition also ties into the general theme of these plays. By acting in the society, institutions and organizations form relationships with each other to help the society. Through the work of teamwork and relationships the plays and stories that we have read in class and our school’s Jesuit tradition are all tied together.