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Page To Stage Play, "The Locket", Gets Rave Reviews In Asbury Park, NJ On May 5, 2014

The play is based on an acclaimed book by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein entitled "The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything". Written for teens and tweens, "The Truth" is a first in using fiction for positive psychology
    TRENTON, NJ, May 23, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A page to stage play entitled "The Locket" was performed in Asbury Park NJ on May 5, 2014.

The play is based on an acclaimed book by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein entitled "The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything".

The event was held at Tim McLoone's Supper Club in Asbury Park, N.J. The play, performed in front of a packed house, was met with rave reviews by many audience members. Examples from audience members included:

"Wonderful depiction of a young girl's journey through adolescence."

"This play helps adults understand how children feel. For example, how much they are hurt by parents fighting."

"The Locket identifies with tweens and teens and the issues they face."

"A very entertaining journey a woman takes from perceived crisis to self-awareness to empowerment through re-living her past."

"An unusual yet needed attempt at describing the development of young girls to adulthood that is rarely considered."

"The Locket is a compelling snapshot of the story of an everyday woman's life."

"The Locket is a warm reminder to girls and women to honor the truths in their hearts."

"The play is a great reminder of who we are and why we think and behave the way we do."

"As a positive psychologist specializing in girl's and women's development," Dr. Holstein stated, "it was exciting for me to watch talent actors bring to life the girl from The Truth (I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything), her family, and even new magical characters, as well as so many of the positive psychological lessons I teach in the treatment room and to the public. I can't wait to see the play move from a page to stage production to a fully staged production with music, dancing and so many other elements that can only happen once the actors are moving around the stage. I hope many of the same fine actors can move with me to this next level. I am enjoying so much being a playwright. And on top of this exciting aspect to 'The Truth', the new edition of 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween', is soon to be released by Sky Pony Press."

Cast members included: Heather Brittain O'Scanlon, Amy Godman, Max Natanagara, Tess McDougal, Ruthie Levy, Gabriella Scerbo, Angie Bianchi, Julia Hecht, Kaylin Iannone, Megan Brown, Garbielle Michel, VicToria McDourgal, Dr. Michael Monica, Lucke-Pontones-Bonenfant, Olivia Pontones-Bonenfant.

"The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything", the acclaimed novel by Dr. Holstein, is a fictional diary for girls, tweens and teens. Written by an 11 year old girl as a diary, Dr. Barbara has embedded within the story positive truths and concepts geared to help girls develop self-esteem and resiliency.

Dr. Holstein is a prolific writer who crosses genres with ease. Dr. Holstein's book for teens and tweens, 'The Truth, (I'm a girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything)' is a first in using fiction for positive psychology. It is a fictional diary for girls, tweens and teens. Written by an 11 year old girl as a diary, Dr. Barbara has embedded within the story positive truths and concepts geared to help girls develop self-esteem and resiliency. Sky Pony Press will be publishing an expanded version of 'The Truth' titled 'The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween' in the summer of 2014.

Her second book in The Truth Series is 'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine...Maybe!' Now the girl is 13. She handles many adolescent issues, including a crush, moving, a death in the family, feeling fat and problems with girlfriends. 'Secrets' provides a book kids and parents and grandparents can share and use as a sounding board for needed communication between the generations.

Both 'The Truth' and 'Secrets' are great for grandparents, older siblings and teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens in their lives. Both books will be re-released by Sky Pony Press.

Dr. Holstein believes that getting in touch with your strengths, talents and potential at every age, as well as learning how to hold on to the wise, playful, happy, gutsy and energetic girl that still resides within each woman is essential for mental health.

To assist this process she has written many books, including: case study material as presented in 'The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy'; inspirational stories as presented in 'Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU' and romance, mystery books designed to bring fun, excitement, romance and positive psychological truths into women's lives. Latest books are: Parts 1 and 2 of 'Next Year in Jerusalem', available in paper and as e-books; Parts 1,2 and 3 of 'Next Year in Jerusalem' are now available, incorporated into 'Around Every Corner' on Kindle.

In addition to running a thriving practice, Dr. Holstein is a very successful author. She is available for media interview and can be reached using the information below or by email at drbarbara@enchantedself.com. All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website.

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self , a positive psychology method for increasing happiness. Dr. Holstein has been a school psychologist for over 25 years. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara speaks regularly on radio programs around the country, and appears on television in New York and New Jersey. Her inspiring audio shows and podcasts can be found on the web, along with hundreds of her articles and stories. She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, and Family Circle Magazine.

Her pathfinder book 'The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy' was published in 1997 by Harwood Academic Publishers and is now in its second printing through Brunner-Routledge. Her second book 'Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!' has received rave reviews as a wonderful inspirational story book. 'DELIGHT', Dr. Holstein's third book is available in two versions, paperback and a CD-rom that includes music, art, and Dr. Holstein's voice.

Other works include 'The Truth, (I'm a girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything)', 'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine...Maybe!', and 'Around Every Corner: Romance And Mystery . . . '


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