Party of Twelve

12w
multi-racial, age ranges from 20- very mature
 

In the early morning hours of a hot day in August 2020, Olivia, an MTSU graduate student in public history, sits alone in her studio apartment in downtown Murfreesboro, Tennessee, eating a bowl of gone-cold Ramen noodles and typing on her laptop.  She feels the pressure of having to write, before dawn, the best speech of her life for the Centennial Celebration of Women’s Suffrage.  It’s not going well.  She tries some yoga.  She talks to a friend.  But nothing seems to work, and most of all, she misses the wise counsel of her mother who has recently passed away. 

She opens the blinds to see if the sun has come up yet.  It’s still dark.  She turns on a floor lamp by the window and returns to her computer.  Staring at the screen, she sighs, slowly lays her head down on the desk and gives in to sleep. 

We hear the soft refrain of a mid-nineteenth-century song.  Then a Bobwhite call.  The door to Olivia’s apartment opens quietly, and the spirit of Mary Kate Patterson, a notorious Confederate spy, tiptoes into the room wearing a voluminous cape and elegant dress whose design is circa 1864.  Olivia stirs, and the dream begins. 

Over the next hour Olivia is visited by the spirits of 10 more inspiring Rutherford County women, who all appear as they were at the peak of their power, to help Olivia write her speech.  The powerful mover and shaker, Myrtle Glanton Lord, suggests creating a vision board, using symbols of the strength each guest brings to the party.  

A final woman appears, and a dramatic confrontation paves the way for the party of 12 to experience an epiphany about the true definition of greatness. As the new day dawns, the women pour a celebratory drink of Strawberry Cordial, toast each other, and disappear, beckoned back to the beyond by the rousing melody of a familiar hymn.  Thankful and inspired, Olivia greets the sun and embraces her future.

Production History
Commissioned by Rutherford County Arts Alliance, August 2019.

Virtual staged reading August 2020

Full production scheduled for  Spring of 2022.

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Production history
Workshopped scenes in Pipeline Collective Salon (Nashville, TN) from January 2020- August 2020.

Developmental virtual reading with professional actors and director in Nashville, TN, August 11, 2020

Selected among six finalists by Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN) for staged reading in New Works competition, December 2020.

Winner of competition and awarded a full professional production in 2022 by Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN)

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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Party of Twelve

12w
multi-racial, age ranges from 20- very mature
 

In the early morning hours of a hot day in August 2020, Olivia, an MTSU graduate student in public history, sits alone in her studio apartment in downtown Murfreesboro, Tennessee, eating a bowl of gone-cold Ramen noodles and typing on her laptop.  She feels the pressure of having to write, before dawn, the best speech of her life for the Centennial Celebration of Women’s Suffrage.  It’s not going well.  She tries some yoga.  She talks to a friend.  But nothing seems to work, and most of all, she misses the wise counsel of her mother who has recently passed away. 

She opens the blinds to see if the sun has come up yet.  It’s still dark.  She turns on a floor lamp by the window and returns to her computer.  Staring at the screen, she sighs, slowly lays her head down on the desk and gives in to sleep. 

We hear the soft refrain of a mid-nineteenth-century song.  Then a Bobwhite call.  The door to Olivia’s apartment opens quietly, and the spirit of Mary Kate Patterson, a notorious Confederate spy, tiptoes into the room wearing a voluminous cape and elegant dress whose design is circa 1864.  Olivia stirs, and the dream begins.

Production History
Commissioned by Rutherford County Arts Alliance, August 2019.

Virtual staged reading August 2020

Full production scheduled for  Spring of 2022.
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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.
 
Production history

Workshopped scenes in Pipeline Collective Salon (Nashville, TN) from January 2020- August 2020.

Developmental virtual reading with professional actors and director in Nashville, TN, August 11, 2020

Selected among six finalists by Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN) for staged reading in New Works competition, December 2020.

Winner of competition and awarded a full professional production in 2022 by Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN)

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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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Bend

2 w, 5m, 9 gender fluid 
Cast can double some roles with an ensemble of 8-10 actors and should be multi-racial, with ages from 9 to very mature.

A sudden and shocking trauma shakes the tenuous stability of the home shared by Jane Thompson, a psychologist and famous expert on resiliency, and her paraplegic husband Robert.  Jane decides to hike the Appalachian Trail alone to try to piece together her new reality.  She meets several fascinating fellow travelers along the way who tempt her to join them, but she stubbornly insists on trudging on alone.  Relying on her forest skills – which turn out to be woefully inadequate – she wanders off-trail and plummets into a deep ravine.  Trapped and starving, with her strength ebbing by the hour, she receives a miraculous visit from someone who helps her peacefully accept the inevitable next step.

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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 was given 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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Bend

2 w, 5m, 9 gender fluid 
Cast can double some roles with an ensemble of 8-10 actors and should be multi-racial, with ages from 9 to very mature.

A sudden and shocking trauma shakes the tenuous stability of the home shared by Jane Thompson, a psychologist and famous expert on resiliency, and her paraplegic husband Robert.  Jane decides to hike the Appalachian Trail alone to try to piece together her new reality.  She meets several fascinating fellow travelers along the way who tempt her to join them, but she stubbornly insists on trudging on alone.  Relying on her forest skills – which turn out to be woefully inadequate – she wanders off-trail and plummets into a deep ravine.  Trapped and starving, with her strength ebbing by the hour, she receives a miraculous visit from someone who helps her peacefully accept the inevitable next step.

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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 was given 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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