About the Plays...
Two women held against their will, and the mind games they play to keep one another alive. Held in a room and chained apart, their only currency is words, and balance of power is everything when a single word becomes the hanging points between life and death. A harrowing, funny and tender account of the psychological price of survival. (40 minutes.)
The beautiful Kelli can't wait for the blind date her friends have set her up on. Until it turns out to be one very disappointed lesbian named Arlin. Mutually appalled yet appallingly intrigued, Kelli & Arlin proceed to pull the screws loose on both straight and gay women's culture the find the common ground beneath in the search for love & self. (50 minutes.)
THE LAST NICKEL
A theatrical, funny and touching dramedy. It's another long night forJamie with an obnoxious sister and a trio of sardonic puppets to keep her awake. Tinged with fun & sisterly nostalgia, the merriment comes inexorably to focus on the cause of Jamie's sleepless night, and the loss that has brought her to the edge. (45 minutes.)
FRIENDS OF THE DECEASED
An embittered widow lies in wait at her husband's graveside for the appearance of his mistress, and encounters an irreverent teen . Unable to extract a confession from the girl, the widow offers to buy one, and finds that she has purchased a deeper truth. (20 minutes.)
KickAss Plays For Women
This collection of Jane Shepard's short plays, now published by Samuel French, features powerful roles for women written with depth and humanity. Edgy, funny and harrowing, Shepard's works explore the need for connection, and our tender, brave and sometimes brutal search for meaning.
Each of the book's four plays feature a cast of two women, with age flexible roles, and minimal set requirements.
Donna Jean Fogel & Kit Flanagan
in the Circle Rep Lab production.
George Sheffey & Jack Nagle on puppets, with Jane Shepard & Kate Bennis appearing at One Dream Theater, NY
Pictured: Kate Bennis & Colleen Davenport.
Vanessa Shealy & Pamela Dunlap at Vital Theater, NY.