Lenny has no sh*ts left to give. Casting off the cloak of invisibility Western culture shrouds women over sixty with, she begins saying what she thinks, when she thinks it. Part stand-up comedy set, part stage play, I’m Right Here may offend you, it may not, but it certainly won’t bore you.
59-page one act. Simple set 3W/4M
Warning: I’m Right Here contains foul language, references to sexual assault, and explores topics of war, race, misogyny, and discrimination
Zoe and Alexander meet every year, on the exact same day, at the exact same lakefront spot, to celebrate each other’s survival. Their friendship began in a physical rehabilitation hospital as they recovered from traumatic injuries, and has endured as they returned to their lives. Upending the tradition, Zoe has moved this year’s meeting up one week. Alexander suspects that meeting will be different. 1W/1M or 2/W
I want somehow to contribute to the survival of theatre companies during this pandemic. So, I am offering this one act free of charge to any existing theatre company to use as a fundraising, production, or educational program. The offer is good from today, August 10th, 2020, to September 1st, 2021.
I wrote this using the need for masks and social distancing protocols as a writing prompt. As it began taking shape, I realized it was a comedic one-act. (My first comedy. And it only took a global pandemic and democracy in flames to motivate me). It speaks to our current experience with a healthy dose of magic realism to make things fun. It requires simple costumes, few props, and has extremely flexible casting options.
My hope is that this will be both a vehicle for actors to practice their craft and a production/fundraising option for theatres, but one which will also check health and safety boxes for everyone involved.
On doctor’s orders to get in better shape, Fancy joins a gym. At her first indoor cycling class, as she begins spinning her legs, her thoughts start spinning as well. Past and current interactions are played out as spin instructor Angel becomes her combative and distant mother Gwen, her sister, and, eventually even Fancy herself, while another student morphs into her son, her father, and Spencer, a student she counsels at her job at a therapeutic day school. As her mind unspools these complex relationships, her body working harder and harder, Fancy confronts the biggest question of her life, “Can you love someone but not like them?” Making peace with her body sends her down the road of making peace with her past, and eventually, peace with herself. 2W/2M
SPIN has been selected as a finalist in First Run Theatre‘s Reading Festival, and will receive an on-line Zoom reading April 25th, 2021. SPIN also received a virtual reading as a part of Mad Cow Theatre’s Women’s Voices Mini-Festival September, 2020