A Comic-Drama of Self-Discovery
Four actors (1M, 3W). Diversity welcome.
Can books be an aid in a spiritual journey? Or do they become yet another form of escape? Katherine Mansfield mesmerized 1920s readers with her glamorous life and crystalline writing. Mary Kniesen, a contemporary, divorced empty-nester, becomes obsessed with Mansfield's journals. Snatches of the journals punctuate Mary’s flounderings until the spirit of Mansfield aids Mary on her journey of self-discovery — a journey that also includes some old friends, doctors, a watercolor teacher, a flamenco dancer, a handyman, and a travel agent. By play’s end, Mary begins to embrace her own bittersweet life experiences and takes steps toward acting for herself.
Simple, single unit set
Premiere Production: Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee, WI - 1995
Avenue Theatre, NJ - 2006
American Theater Company, Chicago, IL - 2001
Chicago Dramatists, Chicago, IL - 1997
Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago, IL -1997
Best New Regional Play, American Theatre Critics Association - 1995
New Play Festival, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Finalist - 1995
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Nominee - 1995