As a playwright, dramaturg, and actor I am most excited by new work in the development stage. I am excited by stories that are deeply honest, taking the risk to bring truths to the stage that may not usually have a platform. I am particularly interested in telling stories centering women. There are not enough complicated women onstage, and we deserve to be seen in all our wonderful complexity and diversity.
I want you to feel what I felt.
I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth."
- Tim O'Brien
Rosemary & Time
Emma's play, Rosemary & Time, has been selected for the Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) TheatreLAB Series that will culminate with a public reading on Saturday May 20, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Carmel Clay Public Library in Carmel, IN.
Ticket information to come.
Rosemary & Time is the story of a woman struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s. When her daughters come home for Thanksgiving she is forced to face the fact that she is losing her grip on reality. Experiencing Act 1 from Rosemary’s perspective, the audience goes along for the ride as she forgets recipes, names, and faces. Rosemary will eventually have to ask herself, is she made up of her memories or is she still herself when all her memories are gone? When the time comes, will Rosemary be able to let go?
The Midwives Circle: Term Five
Emma is working on a new project with The Midwives Circle: Term Five.
The Midwife Circle is a network of peer support, advocacy, and accountability. Each individual in the network commits to serving as both a midwife and an artist for a nine month term. The goal in these relationships is to create space for seeds of artistic projects to grow, change, and deepen. This process is guided by a philosophy of generosity, curiosity, and making the artist the authority in the room.
Publications and Podcasts
Emma's 10-minute play, To Fix A Dinosaur, is featured in an anthology titled, American Theatre in the Twenty-First Century, published by Future Publishing House. This anthology is available for purchase online here. Order before December 1st for free shipping!
Emma's monologue, On the Tracks, was published in the PlayGround Experiment's Faces of America anthology. This anthology is available for purchase online here, or in-store at Shakespeare & Co. in New York, NY.
A portion of the proceeds for every book purchased will go to the ACLU.
Emma's 10-minute play, To Fix A Dinosaur, was featured on an episode of the Lights Up! podcast by the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. Tune in for a wonderful reading and an interview with Emma about the play!