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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  • Vivian Lermond:
    25 Apr. 2020
    What a powerful short play that leaves us wanting more! The dialogue convincingly transports us back to 19th century England and we want so much for Mary Anning to break through the sexism and taboos to succeed. I would love to see this play expanded to a longer one-act! .
  • Cameron Houg:
    25 Mar. 2020
    An interesting piece about gender divides and the selfishness of those in power. A reminder to treat others well, and to keep moving forward despite the hardships thrown our way.
  • Tom Cavanaugh:
    18 Mar. 2020
    A play about "The Dinosaur in the room". An interesting way of dealing with the issues of sexism and misogyny in 19th Century England!

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