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KNOTTS NEWS, March 2017: A personal thought this month from Robert Spencer Knotts: "Respect is at the foundation of all human relations -- and it's a core value of the nonprofit I founded more than 11 years ago, the Humanity Project. Our new Respect Rocks campaign is a call from children to adults in our disrespectful society to treat each other with respect. We teach our kids that respect for all is a form of self-respect ... and that the old quote remains true: 'Holding on to anger is like swallowing poison and expecting it to kill someone else.' Bullying, intimidation, bitterness only end up hurting the person who tries to inflict harm on others. The children of the Humanity Project believe this is a thought worth remembering this month and every month. As they say, 'Respect Rocks!'"


The Humanity Project teaches kids how to act not for "me" alone but rather for "us" -- a win-win approach to life.

For the past 11 years, Robert Spencer Knotts' writing and music have been showcased through the Southern Arts Federation following his selection by the state of Florida's Division of Cultural Affairs.

Robert Spencer Knotts


Formerly writing as Bob Knotts, Robert Spencer Knotts is among fewer than 50,000 Americans whose biography is included in the Marquis "Who's Who In America" and "Who's Who in the World," the standard biographical references. (In November 2005, the New York Times said "Who's Who In America" remains "that venerable guide to American achievement ... as much V.I.P. room as reference room.")

His 2004 script, "Empath 52 Equals You," offers narrative and educational innovations that have attracted interest from the National Science Foundation and universities.

Knotts belongs to the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild of America and was peer-elected to the distinguished writers' organization, PEN -- an acronym for "Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists." In 2005, he was elected an officer of PEN'S Florida chapter.

REVIEWS FOR "NEVER NOTHIN' AGAIN NO MORE"

Knotts' play on teen suicide is available at no cost to schools and non-profit groups interested in productions. Psychologists and therapists believe it literally saved lives in South Florida by providing a vehicle for open discussion with individuals at risk of suicide.

"Powerful...gripping...hard-hitting! ... How deeply Knotts taps the adolescent psyche comes through in the climax." -- The Miami Herald

"Breaks entirely fresh theatrical ground! ... An engaging and powerful drama that confronts a pressing social issue in unblinking fashion. To our mind at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, this seems a combination that makes for both entertaining and important theatre." -- Arnold Mittelman, Producing Artistic Director, Coconut Grove Playhouse

"It is a very strong piece of work, forceful and brave about the emotional reality of teenagers and the allure of suicide and yet never preachy or false." -- Elissa Adams, Director of New Play Development, The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis

"I highly recommend Robert Spencer Knotts' powerful play about teen suicide! ... I know his imaginative theater work from having seen a production of 'Never Nothin' Again No More' and have also now become familiar with some of his other work. His is truly an original voice in the American theater!" -- Robert Kalfin, Broadway and Off-Broadway director, founder and artistic director of the N.Y. Chelsea Theater Center

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