FULL LENGTH PLAYS: Synopses

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

Extraordinary People          In progress (conjoined twins meet for a memorial of their conjoined friends.)

The Missouri Cycle         Sandra is seven when her father dies of a massive heart attack. Her mother is left with two young daughters, a house she can’t afford, and nothing else. It is 1951 in rural Missouri. Despairing, Helen considers suicide, even murder, before quickly remarrying in order to support her daughters. Sandra grows up with a mother who becomes an alcoholic, remarries again and again. She gets pregnant and married at fifteen to an abusive, alcoholic man only three years her senior. Grandma Maggie is the primary emotional support for her entire family, so it is no surprise that Maggie is the person Sandra first comes out to when she realizes she is a lesbian.

The Clue in the Old Birdbath (a musical)        Tansy and her chums Bets and Joe set out for Loon Lake, Tansy’s old home town which she hasn’t seen since the death of her mother when Tansy was age four. Before long, they begin to unravel a mystery, upon discovery of strange strips of cloth in an old birdbath. Along the way, they encounter thugs, an evil psychiatrist, a woman held captive in an attic of an old mansion, and their intriguing innkeeper. Filled with anachronistic asides, the play allows for such events as the “boys” to show up in 1950’s mode and to be cleverly dispatched by the 1930’s “girls”. As usual with Nancy Drew mystery stories, the plot is transparent and the bad guys are caught in the end. This lively play is a spoof of the Nancy Drew mysteries. It is to be performed by an all-woman cast.

Blue Roses         It’s 1940 and Dr. Freeman is on the cutting edge of mental health.Two young women named Rose are in an asylum together; their attendants Tee and Flora have obstacles of their own to overcome. [Full play available at this link: https://madintheattic.org/2019/01/21/sandra-de-helen/]

Asylum No More (sequel to Blue Roses)          An African-American family deals with life in the Midwest in the mid-1950s. Tee and her brothers work for the insane asylum. It’s a “good job” for its time. But Tee has been helped the women inmates in her own way for more than fifteen years. The time has come for a drastic change.

The Burning Times               Based on a true story, the play is set in Germany in 1597. Margaret is already suspected of being a witch due to her having lost her eye in an accident in another village — she says a lantern exploded and glass flew into her eye and blinded her. Villagers suspect her of being able to see the future and of causing bad things to happen. When her best friend suffers an accident at Margaret’s house and loses her own eye, Margaret is formally accused and imprisoned. In prison, the accused women teach each other how to fight, and in court they battle the villagers. A surprise witness turns the tide, and the accused women go free.

The Godmother         Tomboy McCorkle is a young Butch lesbian assuming the responsibility for her crime family upon the death of her brother Bobby after his murder. Her men don’t look forward to being led by a woman, let alone a lesbian; she hasn’t yet found love at the age of 33; her family is in conflict with the di Mayos over rum-running, and she has a younger brother to take care of. Things get worse when her sister-in-law turns up asking for help, and she learns that the family consigliere not only disappeared but has probably killed her brother. Tomboy has to take control and fast.

Copperheads and Common Women          Copperheads and Common Women is a solo play that employs a series of monologues to depict both life in rural Missouri and the extraordinary relationship between a grandmother and her lesbian granddaughter. The time period ranges from 1918 to 1978 as shown by the two characters Maggie the grandmother and Sandra the granddaughter. Both are performed by one woman.                     

Just Like Tennessee         Tennessee Williams himself shows us the effect his writing has on one young man in particular. We meet Bo Young, his family, his lover, and his colleagues. Then we watch as they love him, hate him, and try to rescue him. One hopes for a happy ending, but in this fever dream of a dark comedy, who knows what might happen?

Witch!        Time is now, but prejudices are ancient. Vi, a career-minded professor is blind-sided by an accusation that she is a witch. The slanderous charge is brought by a former priest who knew her as  Sister Mary Cassandra. He has dredged up some of her early writings to try to keep her from working in his community. This accusation threatens to slide Vi off the career track and causes her to re-evaluate her life.

No on 9: Queer Family Values         When Serena and Annie move house, Annie’s cat Gilda disappears. Meanwhile, OCA threatens the rights of the LGBTQ community in Oregon. Serena becomes attracted to co-worker Marcus, realizes all she’s ever wanted is a family, and questions her sexuality. In the end, they think maybe two lesbians and a cat make a family after all.

Butch O’My Dreams         Fay, a secret femme new to town, places a personals ad looking for the perfect butch. As the bartender of the place the candidates are to meet, she has ample opportunity to observe the women who show up hoping to meet her true self. Butches from young jock to rock star to middle-age recovering alcoholic show up and jostle each other for position. A few songs are sung, jokes are told, and finally romance triumphs.             

The Lydia E. Pinkham Menstrual Show          A revue celebrating women