Fossil Lady

In spite of discovering some of the more extraordinary fossil finds of her time, Mary Anning finds herself dismissed by scholars and in such dire straits that she is selling all her worldly goods.
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Fossil Lady

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  • J.Lois Diamond:
    5 Feb. 2020
    This play is simply magical. In just a few short pages, Haas transports us to 19th century England, where Mary has an active scientific mind, which the prevailing culture tries to crush. Yet despite that oppression, she prevails. I would love to see this produced.
  • Jennifer O'Grady:
    27 Jan. 2020
    Wonderful, moving short play about fossil collector Mary Anning. Would love to see this produced.
  • Ryan Bultrowicz:
    31 Mar. 2018
    A truly captivating and immersive exploration of Mary Anning and the difficulties she faced. Though the piece takes place in the past its themes are extremely relevant in contemporary society.

Character Information

  • Mary Anning
    20,
    Any (but probably white
    ,
    Female
    fossil collector, 1st female paleontologist. In spite of early successes, she is at 20 years of age, broken by poverty and while she longs for approval and respect, it is not possible in that day and age.
  • James Brady
    30's,
    Any (but probably white
    ,
    Male
    Amateur fossil collector; from a somewhat genteel class but not a nobleman.
  • Elizabeth Philpot
    40,
    Any (but probably white
    ,
    Female
    Amateur fossil collector; impoverished noblewoman

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Carroll College
    ,
    2019
  • Community Theater
    ,
    21st Ward Theatre Company, PA
    ,
    2017
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Rover Dramawerks, Plano, TX
    ,
    2016