Plays by Marilynn Barner Anselmi
Two women return to their southern roots after the death of their son--looking for healing and understanding.
Staged reading, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Rocky Mount, NC, September, 2009
Staged reading, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Raleigh, NC June, 2010
Presented at National NewBorn Festival, MT Works, New York City, February, 2011
Presented at Women's Work, Pride Films and Plays, Chicago, Illinois, September, 2011
Published and available via Indie Theater Now, http://www.indietheaternow.com/Playwright/marilynn-anselmi
Taking Care of Mimi
A family struggles with the increasing dementia of their elderly grandmother whom they've promised to "Take Care of". When does the line between compassion and crime become indistinguishable?
Staged reading, June, 2011, Imperial Center Theatre, Rocky Mount, NC
Workshop production, Nash Arts Center, September, 2011, Nashville, NC
Staged reading, Cary Fine Arts Center, November, 2011, Cary, NC
World Premier, Detroit Repertory Theatre, May 31-June 24, 2012
Our rites of passage must change to reflect the increasing diversity of our culture. This play presents Birth, Quinceneara, Marriage and Death in separate but connected scenes.
Presented at Short Play Festival, Nash Community College, October, 2011, Rocky Mount, NC
Presented at Halifax County Arts Council, April, 2012, Roanoke Rapids, NC
Staged reading, Different Strokes Theatre, July 11, 2012, Asheville, NC
Presented by Yellow Suede Productions, Kennedy's Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, November, 2012.
Awarded third place in the 2012 Porter Fleming Literary Competition.
Presented by Winston-Salem Writers Staged Readings, 10 Minute Plays, (Scene 2), Winston/Salem, NC, April 12, 2014
Presented by Riot Act, Inc., Annual Series of Short Plays, New Play Festival, (Scene 4),
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, June 12-14, 2014
The Waters of Bimini
Two pedophiles are coerced into participating in a medical trial which reverses the aging process.
Staged reading, Nash Arts Center, November, 2011, Nashville, NC
Staged reading, The Studio Theatre, Washington, DC, March, 2012
Semi-finalist, 2012 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference
Finalist, 2012 New Works Festival, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
You Wouldn't Expect
8,000 North Carolians were forcibly sterilized under the NC Eugenics Program, this play recounts the experiences of four of those victims.
Presented at Annual Festival of New Plays, Magenta Giraffe Theatre, Detroit, MI, March, 2012
Staged reading, Nash Arts Center, Nashville, NC, May, 2012
Presented, Women's Work 2012, Tennessee Women's Theatre Project, May, 2012, Nashville, TN
Staged reading, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, August, 2012
Presented at The Sideshow Fringe Festival, Nashville, TN, August, 2012
Workshop presentation, Nash Arts Center, Nashville, NC, September-October, 2012
Staged reading, Barton College, Wilson, NC, February, 2013
Staged reading, Demascus Productions, Pittsburgh, PA, February, 2013
Semi-finalist, Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, 2013
Presented during the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival, Readers' Theatre of New Works, Winston/Salem, NC
Finalists, 2013 Playwrights First, National Arts Club, NYC
Presented at Women's Work Festival, Atta Girl Productions, San Antonio, TX, October 10, 2013
Presented at Script2Stage2Film, Rancho Mirage, CA, February 21-22, 2014
Presented as staged reading, New Life Productions, Readers Series, Columbia, SC, May 17, 2014
Publications: Magnolia: A Journal of Women's Socially Engaged Literature, Vol. III; Obsidian Magazine, Fall, 2013.
Short Film, RockSet Productions, NC., January 17, 2015. Presented during the 2015 ITSA Film festival and the 2015 Queen City Film Festival.
Production, Damascus Theater Collective, Pittsburg, PA., August Wilson Center, March 19, 2016.
Short film screening, Ruby Slipper Fringe Festival, 2016, February 18, Winston Salem, NC.
Staged reading, DC Black Theatre Festival, Washington, DC., June, 2017
Staged reading, American Bard Theater, NYC, November, 2017.
After the accidental death of their son/brother, a mother/daughter reach out to the family responsible for the death of the son. Can the truth really set them free?
Staged reading, Nash Arts Center, Nashville, NC, December, 2012
Presentation at Cary Playwrights' Forum, Cary, NC, March, 2013
Presented, Women's Work 2013, Tennessee Women's Theatre Project, May, 2013, Nashville, TN
Semi-finalist, Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, 2014
Semi-finalist, New American Play Festival, Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, VA, August, 2014
Staged reading, Tennessee Stage Company, March, 2015, Knoxville, TN
Full Production, Tennessee Stage Company, January, 2017, Knoxville, TN
In a post apocalyptic world, the few survivors are either radio-active or becoming increasingly androgynous. A government official emerges from a safe bunker in attempts to continue the human race.
Staged reading, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Rocky Mount, NC January, 2013
Accepted, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, Alaska, May, 2013
The family of a transgender twin come to grips with life changing decisions.
Semi-finalist, Pride Plays and Films Great Gay Play and Musical Contest, Chicago, 2014
World Premier, SNAP Productions, Omaha, Neb., Nov. 12-Dec.6, 2015
Vermont Pride Festival, Randolph, VT., July, 2016
The Osanbi Deal
An African American family living next to a hazardous waste site struggles with the many consequences.
Presented at Women's Work Festival, Tennessee Theatre Project, Nashville, TN., May 9, 2014
Presented at Dramatist Guild's "Saturday Showcase", September, 2014, Burning Coal Theater, Raleigh, NC.
Staged reading, Script2Stage2Screen, Rancho Mirage, CA., March, 2015
Workshop reading, The Blank Theatre, Los Angeles, CA., March, 2015
Production, NC New Play Project, Greensboro, NC., April 9-19, 2015
Jenna's House on Tyler or Three Windows
(10 Minute Play)
Four members of an ocean side community eavesdrop on each others' loneliness.
Reading, Northport Plays, Northport, NY., January 6, 2014
Presented at Cary Playwrights' Forum Spring Readings, Cary, NC., May 16, 2014
Presented North Carolina Playwrights Festival, Raleigh, NC., August 8, 9, 10, 2014
Making Connections ( 10 Minute Play)
A Southern family attempts to connect in Grand Central Station.
Staged reading, Unitarian Fellowship, September, 2014, Rocky Mount, NC.
Staged reading, Winston-Salem Writers' 10 Minute Festival, April, 2015
High Cheekbones ( 10 Minute Play)
Classmates reconnect during high school reunion.
Gallery Players, Black Box New Play Festival, Brooklyn, New York, June, 2015
Bar Plays, Cary Playwrights Forum, Cary, NC., November, 2016
8th Annual Northport One Act Play Festival, Northport, New York, April 2017
Yard Sale Finds (10 Minute Play)
A mother and daughter discover more than used junk at a yard sale.
Staged reading, Appalachian State University, Women's Troupe, Boone, NC., April, 2015
Cary Playwrights Forum, Radio Plays, May, 2017
After The Fall
A family struggles to understand the reasons leading to the suicide of the youngest daughter in this explosive examination of a broken family.
Presented at Women's Work Festival, Tennessee Theatre Project, Nashville, TN., May, 2016
Presented at Cary Playwrights' Forum Spring Readings, Cary, NC., June, 2016
Semi-Finalist, New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, 2016
Reading Signs (10 Minute Play)
A daughter and her Alzheimer's afflicted mother try to find common ground in the disappearing landscape of their past.
2nd Place, Winston Salem Writers 10 Minute Play Festival, Winston Salem, NC., April 2, 2016
Staged reading, No Shame Theater, Imperial Center, Rocky Mount, NC., March, 2016
Little Black Dress Inc, Auburn, Alabama, May, 2016
Auburn Area Community Theater, Auburn, Alabama, August, 2016
Renegade Theatre Festival, Lansing, MI., August, 2017
Birds on the Edge (10 Minute Play)
A troubled teen invades the rooftop of an unusual bird. Can their meeting save her life?
Two couples who used the same sperm donor discover he is nothing like he presented.
Workshop reading, Rocky Mount, NC., March, 2016
Staged reading, S2S2S, Rancho Mirage, CA., November, 2016
Staged reading, Cary Playwrights Forum, February, 2017
Staged reading, Women's Work Festival, Tennessee Women's Theater Project, May, 2017
When you are pregnant and under 18, pro-choice is pro- life.
Workshop reading, Imperial Center for the Arts, Rocky Mount, April, 2017
Staged reading, Women's Theatre Festival: Occupy the Stage, Raleigh, NC., June/July, 2017
Razing the Statue (10 Minute Play)
A confused Confederate soldier finds himself in a scrap yard.
Open Fist Theatre, One Year Later, Feb. 16-March 3, Los Angeles, CA.
The Assault(s) (10 Minute Play)
A college senior reports a sexual assault with unforeseen consequences.