Shanktown

135 minutes – one intermission – 4m, 3w, 1 non-binary

There’s a patriarch whose power is waning fast, a questionable friend, an estranged son and a clinging daughter.  There’s a possibly autistic boy, a definitely helpless mother, a social worker with secrets and a pregnant wife who meets with unspeakable loss. Like an ancient Greek tragedy shot through with modern-day laughs, the play takes place in a single room with dramatic events raging nonstop outside.  It’s an emotional processing arena and a kind of crucible that holds the potential for understanding, forgiveness, self-actualization, and joy.  And just a few miles away there’s Shanktown, inspiring everything from hate to hope.
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Power

70 minutes – no intermission – 4w

After a bitter seven-year absence, Anna feels compelled to visit her mother Jeanie, who has succumbed to severe dementia, and now lives in a nursing home.  Jeanie’s primary care giver is Nurse Nancy, who grew up with Anna but was never her friend.  Woven throughout the action is Enkha, the spirit of a 14-year-old Mongolian eagle huntress who dwells within Jeanie’s rich imagination and haunts the home she was forced to leave.  After trying in vain to connect with her mother, Anna retreats to the old homestead where she unearths a diary that reveals a chilling account of a traumatic event suffered by the teenaged Jeanie.  Anna returns to the nursing home to even more chaos which causes Nurse Nancy and Anna to decide to meet later that night.  As a snowstorm rages outside, the two women revisit ancient pain and discover surprising truths.  The next day the three meet again at the nursing home and the spirit of Enkha appears one last time to orchestrate an event that has the power to set them all free.   

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Being

84 minutes – no intermission – 3w 4m 5 gender neutral

Being is a comic fantasy brought to us by Solange, who has traveled from the year 2097 to pull a present-day theater audience into her world for 84 minutes or 5,040 beats of her heart.  A mysterious microchip malfunction allows Solange to escape from her futuristic pod of identical beings and take us on an adventure filled with danger, suspense, fun and games, and the possibility of …well, let’s just say that in the year 2097 nobody has had any for decades.   As she explores her new freedom, she releases two more beings from her pod, enlists some audience volunteers, encounters a sinister plant, and discovers a level of bliss we can all aspire to attain.

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Shanktown

135 minutes – one intermission – 4m, 3w, 1 non-binary
There’s a patriarch whose power is waning fast, a questionable friend, an estranged son and a clinging daughter.  There’s a possibly autistic boy, a definitely helpless mother, a social worker with secrets and a pregnant wife who meets with unspeakable loss. Like an ancient Greek tragedy shot through with modern-day laughs, the play takes place in a single room with dramatic events raging nonstop outside.  It’s an emotional processing arena and a kind of crucible that holds the potential for understanding, forgiveness, self-actualization, and joy.  And just a few miles away there’s Shanktown, inspiring everything from hate to hope.
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Power

70 minutes – no intermission – 4w

After a bitter seven-year absence, Anna feels compelled to visit her mother Jeanie, who has succumbed to severe dementia, and now lives in a nursing home.  Jeanie’s primary care giver is Nurse Nancy, who grew up with Anna but was never her friend.  Woven throughout the action is Enkha, the spirit of a 14-year-old Mongolian eagle huntress who dwells within Jeanie’s rich imagination and haunts the home she was forced to leave.  After trying in vain to connect with her mother, Anna retreats to the old homestead where she unearths a diary that reveals a chilling account of a traumatic event suffered by the teenaged Jeanie.  Anna returns to the nursing home to even more chaos which causes Nurse Nancy and Anna to decide to meet later that night.  As a snowstorm rages outside, the two women revisit ancient pain and discover surprising truths.  The next day the three meet again at the nursing home and the spirit of Enkha appears one last time to orchestrate an event that has the power to set them all free.   

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Being

84 minutes – no intermission – 3w 4m 5 gender neutral

Being is a comic fantasy brought to us by Solange, who has traveled from the year 2097 to pull a present-day theater audience into her world for 84 minutes or 5,040 beats of her heart.  A mysterious microchip malfunction allows Solange to escape from her futuristic pod of identical beings and take us on an adventure filled with danger, suspense, fun and games, and the possibility of …well, let’s just say that in the year 2097 nobody has had any for decades.   As she explores her new freedom, she releases two more beings from her pod, enlists some audience volunteers, encounters a sinister plant, and discovers a level of bliss we can all aspire to attain.

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Divine

85 minutes – no intermission – 6w 2m

Part circus, part inquisition, Mary’s newest play “Divine,” thrilled a capacity audience at Actors Bridge Ensemble space downstairs at the Darkhorse in Sunday, October 14, thanks to the stellar performances of some of Nashville’s most brilliant actors.  Watch for news of this play working its way through the labyrinth of workshops and productions and keep fingers crossed that it finds just the right home!

Divine received a reading by professional actors in Nashville, TN, at a private venue in March of 2018.  Portions of the play were also read at the Nashville Story Garden, at Centennial Arts Center in Nashville, TN, in the latter part of 2017 and the first months of 2018.

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Divine

85 minutes – no intermission – 6w 2m

Part circus, part inquisition, Mary’s newest play “Divine,” thrilled a capacity audience at Actors Bridge Ensemble space downstairs at the Darkhorse in Sunday, October 14, thanks to the stellar performances of some of Nashville’s most brilliant actors.  Watch for news of this play working its way through the labyrinth of workshops and productions and keep fingers crossed that it finds just the right home!

Divine received a reading by professional actors in Nashville, TN, at a private venue in March of 2018.  Portions of the play were also read at the Nashville Story Garden, at Centennial Arts Center in Nashville, TN, in the latter part of 2017 and the first months of 2018.

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Found At Twilight

110 minutes – one intermission – 4w 5m

This riveting two-act play is about the very human desire to find clarity in a world full of shadows.  An old man wonders why he can’t die.  His beloved wife struggles for control as she loses her mind, while their daughter and son seek release from an age-old rivalry. Found at Twilight charts an unexpectedly perilous journey toward truth and love with beautiful detail.  Something valuable is lost, clues are everywhere, and a new beginning with the promise of closure is found through an open door — at day’s end.

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Found At Twilight

110 minutes – one intermission – 4w 5m

This riveting two-act play is about the very human desire to find clarity in a world full of shadows.  An old man wonders why he can’t die.  His beloved wife struggles for control as she loses her mind, while their daughter and son seek release from an age-old rivalry. Found at Twilight charts an unexpectedly perilous journey toward truth and love with beautiful detail.  Something valuable is lost, clues are everywhere, and a new beginning with the promise of closure is found through an open door — at day’s end.

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Gandhi Has Fun

100 minutes – one intermission – 6w 4m 2 gender fluid

The spirit of a furious Gandhi appears to an altruistic socialite complaining that despite all he did in his lifetime, the world is in an even greater mess now.  What can be done?  She offers to throw a dinner party with six extraordinary guests to work with him to find a solution.  Over an evening of fighting, flirting, and super-natural shenanigans, the answers are revealed, problems are resolved, and peace is restored – much to Gandhi’s delight.

Gandhi Has Fun received a full reading by professional actors in the fall of 2017, in Nashville, TN, at a private venue, and several readings of portions of the play earlier in 2017 as it was developed at the Story Garden at Centennial Arts Center in Nashville, TN

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Gandhi Has Fun

100 minutes – one intermission – 6w 4m 2 gender fluid

The spirit of a furious Gandhi appears to an altruistic socialite complaining that despite all he did in his lifetime, the world is in an even greater mess now.  What can be done?  She offers to throw a dinner party with six extraordinary guests to work with him to find a solution.  Over an evening of fighting, flirting, and super-natural shenanigans, the answers are revealed, problems are resolved, and peace is restored – much to Gandhi’s delight.

Gandhi Has Fun received a full reading by professional actors in the fall of 2017, in Nashville, TN, at a private venue, and several readings of portions of the play earlier in 2017 as it was developed at the Story Garden at Centennial Arts Center in Nashville, TN

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Natural State

110 minutes – one intermission – 3w 4m, 1 either gender

An unexpected tragedy compels a furiously unhappy woman to flee her life and attempt to find herself by hiking the Appalachian Trail. On her journey, she meets a series of fellow travelers who spark vivid experiences.  But she is determined to find her own truth, and as she trudges on alone, she wanders off-trail, and plummets into a deep ravine.  Trapped and starving, she is finally visited by the one person who can help her face her fears and truly embrace her natural state.

Natural State has received a reading by professional actors in the fall of 2016 in Nashville, TN, at a private venue

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To Know You

a partially imagined play based on the real life of Susan Wiley Walker, Maryville College Benefactor

60 minutes 4m 7w (various ethnicities)

A few weeks before the Bicentennial celebration of Maryville College an earnest young archivist races against the clock to find facts about Susan Wiley Walker, a generous benefactor in the 1930s and 40s, but virtually unknown today.  Suddenly the benevolent ghost of Mrs. Walker magically appears and conjures scenes with historical figures who emerge from the dusty files to enact their stories and teach important lessons about life, connection, and the preservation of our precious past.

 

To Know You is scheduled for a world-wide debut performance at The Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College in Maryville, TN, on November 1st and 2nd, 2019, as a featured part of the Bicentennial Celebration.

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Natural State

110 minutes – one intermission – 3w 4m, 1 either gender

An unexpected tragedy compels a furiously unhappy woman to flee her life and attempt to find herself by hiking the Appalachian Trail. On her journey, she meets a series of fellow travelers who spark vivid experiences.  But she is determined to find her own truth, and as she trudges on alone, she wanders off-trail, and plummets into a deep ravine.  Trapped and starving, she is finally visited by the one person who can help her face her fears and truly embrace her natural state.

Natural State has received a reading by professional actors in the fall of 2016 in Nashville, TN, at a private venue

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Sin Cycle

80 minutes – 10w 3m (could be played by ensemble of 5-8)

A delightfully debauched romp inspired by Dante’s Inferno that transports the audience to the dark side of human nature in seven deadly scenes. 

Sin Cycle received a reading by professional actors in Nashville TN at a private venue in 2015 and was a finalist for the Kentucky Women Writer’s Biennial Prize in the summer of 2017.

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To Know You is scheduled for a world-wide debut performance at The Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College in Maryville, TN, on November 1st and 2nd, 2019, as a featured part of the Bicentennial Celebration.

To Know You 

A partially imagined play based on the real life of Susan Wiley Walker, Maryville College Benefactor

60 minutes 4m 7w (various ethnicities)

A few weeks before the Bicentennial celebration of Maryville College an earnest young archivist races against the clock to find facts about Susan Wiley Walker, a generous benefactor in the 1930s and 40s, but virtually unknown today.  Suddenly the benevolent ghost of Mrs. Walker magically appears and conjures scenes with historical figures who emerge from the dusty files to enact their stories and teach important lessons about life, connection, and the preservation of our precious past.

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