I'm returning to playwriting now after a 35-year career as a novelist for young adults (seventeen published novels, many of them award-winning.) I wrote plays in the late 1970's and early 1980s after completing an MFA in poetry at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in 1973.
Four full-length plays and one one-act were given staged readings by Playwright's Platform in Boston. The Provincetown Repertory Theatre of Boston also did a staged reading of The Deserving Rich around 1982. The one-act, One Civilized Person, was given a staged reading by The Women’s Project at the American Place Theatre in New York (directed by Joan Micklin Silver) around this same time. It was later produced by the Marblehead Little Theater in 1995 and that same year at the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters where I was given the playwright's award. In 1989 I received a Finalist Award from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Program.
Because I had two small children by then, the travel involved with getting a playwriting career started, seemed too difficult, so I turned to fiction. But playwriting never lost its attraction for me, so I’ve decided now, at a point where many people think of retirement, to turn back to my first love. I’ve been writing plays again since 2015. The full-length play, LEFTOVERS, has been championed by New Century Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts where it received a cold reading in March, 2016, and two staged readings in June, 2017 as part of their regular summer season. LEFTOVERS recently won a spot (and a reading) at the Festival of New Plays at the Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank, CA. THE SUMMER DRESS, also full-length, has had a staged reading at Ghost Light Theatre in Holyoke, MA and was a finalist in the Henley Rose Playwrights Competition for Women. Another full-length play, BLUEBERRIES, recently had a reading sponsored by Pioneer Valley Playwrights in western Massachusetts. I've also written a new one-act and a number of ten minute plays.