- Eleanor’s Dress
On a cruise, wise and lonely, 11-year-old Peg, meets first Lady of the World, Eleanor Roosevelt, and her secretary/lover, Lorena Hickok. Peg’s mother, Louise, desires to capture Eleanor’s photo for the cover of Life Magazine, in a desperate attempt to revitalize her career. While Louise blames Peg’s birth as cause of her career failure, Lorena takes an interest in Peg’s dream of being a poet. Ten years later, Lorena and Peg are still friends, and she visits Lorena. She lives in Eleanor’s cottage, even though their relationship has disintegrated. When Peg visits, she has a cocaine overdose, culminating in an argument with Louise’s abusive, death-by-suicide ghost.
Two-Act: 75 min. – ship’s deck, cabin in the woods
5F: 3 middle age, Peg at 10, Peg at early 20s
- Pathetic Fallacy
Julie is a hyper-sensitive, Catholic schoolgirl, whose family is glued together by lies. While Julie attempts to write a terrific novel about her awful parents, they get in the way, as do her needy English teacher, her classmates, her brothers (the monastery-dropout, Troy, and poor, dead, little Ed), as well as Julie herself, who discovers she’s attracted to girls. But when she uncovers her parents’ secret, she gains the courage to push on to a (mostly) happy ending. A farcical, tragic comedy.
Two-Act: 80 min. – classroom, living room
2M: 20s, middle age
3F: 1 teen, 2 middle age