Patrick wrote this special note to his readers on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, after the dress rehearsal of The Gift of Nothing Musical at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center.

Dear friends,

It’s a special day. Today was the dress rehearsal for The Gift of Nothing at the Kennedy Center. And what a gift it is to see Mooch, Earl and other MUTTS characters come to life on the stage. If I say so myself, Nothing’s perfect.

The cast is spectacular and each actor has really embodied my characters. The director, and co-author, Aaron Posner, is brilliant  and Andy Mitton has composed a beautiful, touching score. (Yesh! Andy has created a Little. Pink. Sock. song which will forever play in my head when I draw Mooch with his little pink sock.) And the costume, set and lighting all creatively capture the spirit of the book. I am bursting with joy.

The play runs through the holiday season (11/22 – 12/28). If you are in the D.C. area, I hope you can find the time to see the play. Nothing would make me happier.

Here’s to a wonderful holiday season.

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