Submission Theme June 2017-June 2018: Plays with Significant Motherhood Presence


LADY TATTOO by Meg Miroshnik

“At the beginning of the 20th century, tattooed lady Picky is commissioned by Lady Elizabeth Arterton to do some custom inking. It quickly becomes more than a transaction as desperation, regret and art collide in a world where a woman’s options are corseted. The high stakes of secret tattoos.” 2016 Pacific Playwrights Festival

MARGARET I adapted by Elyzabeth Gorman

“Margaret I combines music, movement and text from Shakespeare’s Henry VI tetralogy, his sources, early female writers, and contemporary responses to explore the role of women in politics, war and sex. The story of the women in Shakespeare’s War of the Roses.” Elyzabeth Gorman

ELEPHANT by Margaret Stokley

“A family copes with loss and grief in this quirky and touching non-linear comedy. Ellen paints though out play onstage pregnant. The older mother raised two children and sacrificed her career as painter in order to do so.”

RABBIT HOLE by David Lindsay-Abaire

“Becca and Howie Corbett have a picture perfect family life in the suburbs of New York until a random, tragic accident takes the life of their four-year old son. Soon after, Becca’s younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant: there will now be a new child in the family. As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca’s mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process, and Jason, the young driver who killed their son, continually shows up to ask forgiveness, the group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. Rabbit Hole delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief, and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart.” StageAgent

GROUNDED by George Brant

“An unexpected pregnancy ends an ace fighter pilot’s career in the sky. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.”

INFORMED CONSENT by Deborah Zoe Laufer

“With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? Inspired by a recent court case between a Native American tribe and an Arizona University, Informed Consent takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether our DNA is our destiny.”

DISTRACTED by Lisa Loomer

“What’s wrong with nine-year-old Jesse? He can’t sit still, he curses, he raps, and you can’t get him into—or out of—pajamas. His teacher thinks it’s Attention Deficit Disorder. Dad says, “He’s just a boy!” And Mama’s on a quest for answers. Is Jesse dysfunctional, or just different? Don’t we all have ADD, to some degree? She consults a psychologist, a homeopath, a neuropsychologist, and an environmental physician. She talks to neighbors, whose kids have their own diagnoses. A psychiatrist prescribes Ritalin for Jesse, but surely a pill can’t solve all of his problems. Throughout, Jesse is an offstage voice, becoming louder and angrier, but he is in danger of fading away. And his parents’ marriage is in peril. Everyone is distracted, even the actors—they’re breaking character! A hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma: Are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we’ve tuned out what really matters?” Dramatists Play Service

USER 927 by Katherine Clark Gray

“Leah and her 14-year-old daughter Deena have fled the big city for rural Indiana to make a new, safer life for themselves.  Then Deena disappears, and technophobe mom must plug back in to seek the culprit.  Will the person she’s hunting be found online, or a bike ride away?  A work of fiction based on one very real and disturbing search log.” 

EUROPA by Sarah Saltwick

“On a quiet day, in a neighborhood park, Leslie and Alma met for the first time. As their children play, the women discover they know the same man. Leslie listens. Alma tries to leave but Leslie’s the best listener she’s ever met. Fourteen years later, their children are almost grown. Bruce wants Louise. Louise wants freedom. What happens after truths are told?” New Play Exchange



“The play depicts 25 years of the life of Nina Leeds and the important men within it. At the start of the play, a young Nina loses her fiancée to World War I. She then resigns herself to a life of guilt for failing to consummate her marriage. To rid herself of this guilt, Nina enters a loveless marriage but maintains a passionate affair beside it for most of her adulthood. Throughout the play, the lovable “Old Charlie” Marsden nurses his love for Nina and finally wins it at the close.” Samuel French

TOP GIRLS by Caryl Churchill

“It is about a woman named Marlene, a career-driven woman who is only interested in women’s success in business. In the famous opening scene, she hosts a dinner party for a group of famous women from history. As the play unfolds we find Marlene has left her ‘poor’ life, and illegitimate child with her sister Joyce, in order to tread the path to ‘success’. The play is contemporary and examines the role of women in society and what being a successful woman means.” Wikipedia

ELEEMOSYNARY by Lee Blessing

“[T]he play probes into the delicate relationship of three singular women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie (Artemis), who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie’s daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect – and sensitivity – whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea. As the play begins, Dorothea has suffered a stroke, and while Echo has reestablished contact with her mother, it is only through extended telephone conversations, during which real issues are skirted and their talk is mostly about the precocious Echo’s single-minded domination of a national spelling contest. But, in the end, after Dorothea’s death, both Artie and Echo come to accept their mutual need and summon the courage to try, at last, to build a life together – despite the risks and terrors that this holds for both of them after so many years of alienation.” Wikipedia

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