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Dottie Buchstaber of Lockport, who has just written her second play at age 78, will have it produced by for a special gourmet Valentine's dinner theater at First Baptist Church on February 15 and 16.

She didn’t expect to write plays when she turned 78. But someone asked her to write a few scenes for her church’s production, so she said she’d try.

Dottie Buchstaber sat down at her desk in her Lockport home. At first, there was nothing. Then, suddenly, the ideas started to flow. She got the distinct feeling that the words weren’t coming from her.

She would later say that she thought to herself, “I don’t know whose writing this. It’s really not me.”

“I’m in awe,” she said of the writing process. “God has some things he wants me to say, and he’s given them to me.”

If Buchstaber did have help from the divine, he clearly has a sense of humor, because Buchstaber said the first act is really funny. “It’s about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden,” she said.

The first act of the play, now in production with a 20-member cast, certainly had the director’s approval.

“I fell in love with it, and then it got even funnier,” said Pendleton resident Juanita Earl, who said the remaining two acts are more dramatic. “The acts are so different, but they tie together beautifully.”

The play, about relationships, is called “Probably Would’a Been Satisfied With A Puppy” and is being performed Feb. 15-16 as a gourmet dinner theater at First Baptist Church in Lockport.

Now Buchstaber, at a point in her life where she was looking for some way to contribute, has a new path spread out in front of her.

“The church has started a play group, and we’re going to do skits throughout the year,” she said. She has already written a second play about senior citizens in physical therapy, which the church players plan to perform in the spring.

The play writing has created an interesting turn of events in this part of her life, she said. A year ago she had fallen down an escalator and has since been battling the pain, but the production has taken her mind off of her injuries. Even her traditional marriage has changed, she added. Her husband, Leonard, 82, is providing support at home by cooking dinner and doing the dishes, while she is working on the play.

“It’s such a change at my age to have all this happen,” Buchstaber said. “I just feel blessed. That’s all I can say.”

Contact editor Michele DeLuca at 693-1000, ext. 157.

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