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Bernice Sizemore's 70th Birthday

This play has three characters (Bernice age 70, her daughter Carol age 47 and son Evan age 28) and a simple single set -- the back porch of Bernice's home. A fast-paced comedy about internal wiring, family relationships, and acceptance. The play has won awards and had readings in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas.

General Orders No. 11

Winner of the Streisand Festival of New Jewish Plays, this play had its premiere production in Louisville (KY) at the Jewish Community Center's CenterStage Theatre under the direction of John Leffert. Jews in Paducah, Kentucky, must flee on 24 hours notice when General Ulysses S. Grant issues an order banishing them from his military district on December 17, 1862. There are 3 female characters and 9 males in this Civil War drama. This play has won awards and been on stages in three states.

The Snowflake Theory

A romantic comedy about a quirky Jewish family (3F, 1M). Marge, who's been a widow 3 years, has decided to pursue her own interests since she can't convince her children to do what she wants (graduate, marry, procreate). The play's premiere production took place under the director of Kathi E.B. Ellis at Louisville's Bard's Town Theatre. Two reviewers compared this award-winning play to Neil Simon's work.

The Wedding Dress

This play is comedy written as part of "Kentucky Voices" at the Public Theatre of Kentucky where it had its first public reading in 2017. The wedding dress has been worn four times -- twice by Opal's mother and twice by her sister, so of course, Opal will wear it tomorrow even though the dress doesn't fit, she met the groom online, and just decided to marry him a few hours ago. Opal, a passionate recycler; her sister Nicole, a journalist; and their mother Karen, a teacher and gardener, all have secrets that are revealed as a result of Opal's wedding. From the left in the photo are Liz Fentress, who coordinated Kentucky Voices; Darlene Gooch "(Karen"); Tanner McGuire Gallacher ("Opal"), Meaghan Ritchie ("Nicole"); and myself.

Lightening Up

A romantic comedy about a man who begins wearing cargo shorts and seeks legal advice about growing fruit on another continent after he's downsized out of a job. It's a play about new chapters, new experiences, chai, lingerie, garden rakes, and dreams of Costa Rica. Two female characters and two males are needed for this fast-paced story full of twists and turns.

Just Taking Up Space

A play about a troubled teen inspired by my work as an attorney in the 1990s. The teen has an unusual journey of self-discovery when he is ordered to spend time with a police officer he injured -- despite the fact that the officer is in a coma. The play is included in MotesBooks' World Premieres from Horse Cave Theatre.

The Colored Door at the Train Depot

This play is based on the life of the first African American to command whites in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. Born in 1919 in rural Kentucky and raised by a grandmother who could neither read nor write, Anna Mac Clarke won several battles for racial justice in the military and seemed to be defying all the odds — until death took her at age 24. At the 2017 Comparative Drama Conference in Orlando where the play was chosen for a reading, actors included (seated L to R) Janna Segal, Malcolm T. Sanford, Philann Williams) and standing, Baron Kelly and Caisey Cole.

I'm Wearing My Own Clothes!

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company commissioned and produced this play at its 15th anniversary festival called UNHEARD [outloud] in Louisville. I chose Mary Walker Edwards as my subject to honor Lilith's mission of uncovering unheard voices. Dr. Walker received her medical degree in 1855, served as a surgeon for the Union during the Civil War, and remains the only woman to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. She lectured on both sides of the Atlantic on topics including dress reform (she was often arrested for wearing trousers), suffrage, and women's rights.