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How to Live Forever (6-12F)

Once upon a time, there were 3 women and their daughters: an all-powerful Priestess and her acolyte Cassandra; 1590s midwife, Anne, and her protégé Bridget; and Gwyneth, a modern actress/wellness guru, and her daughter Apple.

Anne seeks magic but only finds Gwyneth, who does not seem to be a powerful witch. She is plagued by the Priestess, who hints at power but is limited by space-time and maternal distractions. After assisting Bridget with an abortion Anne is tried for witchcraft. She begs Gwyneth to perform the trial, and Gwyneth is disappointed to find her greatest strength so weak: she can tell a story but she can’t change the end…or can she?

HOW TO LIVE FOREVER is a story of mothers and daughters; it’s a reimagined mythos of womanhood; it’s a dream for the future and a eulogy for a lost history. It’s a spell.

Thesis workshop production of Act I, Carnegie Mellon/City Theatre Pittsburgh 2019, dir. Nora Gair.

Susan’s mother has always believed that Susan is a changeling, but Susan’s sister Bernice has protected and befriended her all their lives. Now that Susan is about to get married, she is more and more restless–does she really belong here? could she belong somewhere else? She goes in search of faeries, and when she finds them, new questions arise: Can she ever belong anywhere? A play with Appalachian folk music, set in the isolated hills of 1890s Appalachia.

Production: Everyday Inferno Theatre, central park, summer 2019, dir. Katie Pedro. Developed: Edward Albee Foundation 2017.

Krav Maga! (2M, 3F)

When Monica begins taking Israeli special forces fighting (AKA Krav Maga!) as a self-defense class (and also a form of therapy) she starts to believe in a version of herself that is confident, strong, empowered. Then she punches multiple people that she loves in the face, and has to deal with the consequences. Krav Maga! explores intimacy, love, and the rules of dating through a lens of exercise, violence, and food.

Reading: Mildred’s Umbrella’s Consenting Bodies Series 2019. Finalist: B Street Theatre New Comedies Festival 2019.

What the Ladies Do (One Act, 3F)

Three proper 19th century ladies (cousins, in fact!) sit in interminable boredom, embroidering, reading the Bible in Latin, smoking cigarettes, and getting naked. Being a good girl and a lady is a full time job, but Elizabeth knows what God wants them to do. 

Productions: Blunt Objects Theatre, dir. Kendra Wells 2016; Collective 48, dir. Brandy N. Carie.

Bunker Cycle

A cycle of seven full-length plays about American survivalism and doomsday preppers.

Tomorrow Game (2F)

Bell and Roe live in a postapocalyptic wasteland. They each live in isolation, until they happen to meet. Bell shows Roe a game: take off your mask and see if you can breathe. Try this vegetable, and see if you wake up. Read a poem. Do more than just not-die. Bell may also have ulterior motives. Roe’s shelter is stocked with years worth of canned goods and other priceless resources. Is their friendship true–or just another game?

Readings: Barter Theatre, The Road Theatre (Upcoming). Awards: Princess Grace Finalist 2018. Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award 2019. Leah Ryan’s FEWW Emerging Playwright Prize Finalist 2019. Developed: Edward Albee Foundation 2017.

Everybody’s Dead: A Comedy (2F, 1M)

Courtney Lomelo (L) as Monica and Jasmine Thomas (R) as Rebecca in the Mildred’s Umbrella reading of EVERYBODY’S DEAD.

Annika is the unlikely multi-millionaire CEO of a doomsday prepper subscription box service. She is also trapped inside the massive custom bunker that she built to house herself…and her sex robot…and no one else! At all! After receiving a notification that nuclear apocalypse was imminent, Annika retreated to her bunker, bringing no one with her whatsoever. That was two years ago. Now, she’s suffering from cabin fever and skyrocketing guilt over the people–especially the cute guy–she left behind to die in a radioactive holocaust! What a riot! Time to get out of here!

Reading: FemFest HoustonMildred’s Umbrella Theatre; City Theatre “In Their Own Voices” Online 2020. Developed: PTC Playlab at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Playwright’s Center Core Apprentice finalist 2019.

Guns in Trees (5M, 5F)

Minnesota beavers Reggie and Ronnie try to build a lodge before the frost sets in–and Ronnie tries to convince Reggie that it’s ok to be small, and it’s better to be safe than brave and dead. Meanwhile, Al goes home from the big city to find that her family are full-fledged doomsday preppers now–just like on TV! Al tries to connect with her family members, and get a little side action, but her siblings hate her and Hank the hot neighbor just wants to treat her right. A play about whiteness and also death.

Reading: Pittsburgh Dramatists Guild, “At Rise” An evening of First Scenes.

the end and the end and the end (4F, 3M)

It’s the end of the world as we know it and it’s the end of the world as we know it and it’s the end of the world as we know it and America is in ruins and everything is changing and no one is safe. Over. And over. And over. A meditation on epoch, “we,” and the meaning of “the end.”