EVERYDAY EDNA MAE

An often-humorous look at a life that could have been squashed but instead rises strong and confident. Young Edna Mae yearns to be a visual artist, but a nagging body obsession deflects her focus. Middle-aged Edna Mae finds life in a stodgy town and marriage to an unsympathetic husband have blocked her creativity. She has struggled to maintain her artistic edge, but colors have literally drained from her life...
An often-humorous look at a life that could have been squashed but instead rises strong and confident. Young Edna Mae yearns to be a visual artist, but a nagging body obsession deflects her focus. Middle-aged Edna Mae finds life in a stodgy town and marriage to an unsympathetic husband have blocked her creativity. She has struggled to maintain her artistic edge, but colors have literally drained from her life to the point where all she sees is sepia. At a Starbucks in San Diego, Edna Mae decides to not return to her midwest, apple-pie home, but rather seize the day. In this 90-minute story, we finally see elderly Edna Mae -- almost homeless, but happy as a clam doing what she loves with self-confidence enough to share with a young, homeless girl - the granddaughter she never met.
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EVERYDAY EDNA MAE

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    3 May. 2019
    Oh how I loved this. What should one be, all the pressures to conform to the expectations of the perfect cookie-cutter woman. But when we can get rid of that critic and follow our bliss magic happens! Take a walk over that rainbow and life is beautiful. She finds herself and then her granddaughter with whom she can offer guidance from lessons learned. A truly beautiful and touching piece!
  • Jean Hartley Sidden:
    9 Feb. 2019
    In a town in Ohio, Edna Mae longs only to be an artist. But, constant voices against her choice cause her to doubt herself. She gives up her dream, as her eyes fail and she sees her world as colorless. And then she goes over the rainbow, or rather to San Diego, where the world is in color again. Rice's imagery is strong as she takes Edna Mae on a courageous journey back to herself and full circle to discover a grandchild she never knew. At 65 Edna Mae is living her bliss. The play has a beautifully, positive message.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Manhattan Oracles
    ,
    2014
  • Workshop
    ,
    Emerging Artists Theatre, NYC
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Articulate Theatre Company
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    FRIGID New York Festival of a production by Bricken + Birch
    ,
    2015

Awards

Selection
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Outstanding Playwriting of a New Play
,
Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
,
2017
Selection
,
Outstanding Acting (2 nominations)
,
Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
,
2017