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Monologue Showcase: Voices for Healing & Transformation

  • 03 December 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online (Times in Eastern Time (US & Canada)


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Jimmy! by Sharon B., performed by Tonya Quillen

Texting in a New Age, by Carol Pranschke, performed by Phyllis Rittner

Monologue (Title TBD) by Harry Mishkin, performed by Harry Mishkin

Mother’s Day Rebel, by Maureen Dolan, performed by Phyllis Rittner

Recalling Yesterday, by Barbara Brewster Lewis, performed by Tonia Pinheiro

The Magnificence of Breath, by Jeanne Vargas, performed by Lida McGirr

The Letter, by CD Ybarra, performed by performed by Franci DuMar

You’re invited!

The TLAN Fall Play Lab, led by Kelly DuMar, is proud to host a special theatrical event, showcasing Voices for Healing and Transformation.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern, writers from the Your Memoir As Monologue Fall Webinar for TLAN will present new monologues for the stage, performed by actors. This is a free event, all welcome! 

In writing monologues for the stage, a story begins as words on the page. The next stage of development is to have the monologue performed by an actor in front of an audience. In this monologue showcase, class participants who have been developing monologues over six weeks will have the chance to see their writing performed by an actor for an audience––you.

Stella Adler called theater the “seeing place”––the place we come to see the truth about our lives and social situation. Oscar Wilde called theater “the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” And August Wilson was, “fascinated by the idea of an audience as a community of people who gather willingly to bear witness.” We invite you, our audience, to share in making dynamic theater with us, by being present for this showcase of brand new stage monologues. This intimate and powerful experience is part of the critical page-to-stage development process that all new plays need. Please join us, and share the vitality of your presence and your witness as our much-appreciated audience.

This evening of staged readings is free and open to the public and will take place via the online video conferencing platform Zoom. A link to the show will be sent out the day before the event.

Featuring monologues by members of the Play Lab 2023, including:

  • Cynthia Douglas-Ybarra
  • Jeane Vargas
  • Harry Mishkin
  • Barbara, Maureen Dolan
  • S.B.
  • Carol Pranschke

About the Director

Kelly DuMar, M.Ed.  is a poet, playwright, and workshop leader who generates enlivening writing experiences for new and experienced writers. Author of three poetry collections, girl in tree bark, Tree of the Apple, and All These Cures, Kelly is also author of Before You Forget— The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Kelly’s award winning plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by dramatic publishers. She founded and produced the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College for twelve years, and she is a past president of Playwright's Platform, Boston. For the past seven years, Kelly has led the week-long Play Lab Intensive at the annual conference of the International Women's Writing Guild. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist, former psychotherapist, and Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Currently, Kelly serves on the board & faculty of Transformative Language Arts Network.  You can learn more about Kelly at www.kellydumar.com.

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