ELLERY

Published in THE BEST WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES and a Bechdel Group Workshop Selection

(Full length) Becca hates her psychic abilities, and is being haunted by her dead but still-critical mother and dead grandmother for reasons none of them understands. When a dead young woman appears and pleads confusingly for help, Becca turns away--but unwittingly gives her best friend the chance to pursue...
Published in THE BEST WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES and a Bechdel Group Workshop Selection

(Full length) Becca hates her psychic abilities, and is being haunted by her dead but still-critical mother and dead grandmother for reasons none of them understands. When a dead young woman appears and pleads confusingly for help, Becca turns away--but unwittingly gives her best friend the chance to pursue a dangerous course that could harm Becca and another living woman. A play about living responsibly and being different. (Play 2 in The Paranormal Trilogy)
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ELLERY

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  • Christine Foster:
    23 Apr. 2020
    Entertaining and clever with strong (intergenerational) parts for women - crafted and plotted with skill, suspense, irony, and great dialogue. And it's about the supernatural and life and death and philosophy and relationships and all sorts of things that matter.
  • Emily Hageman:
    23 Jul. 2018
    O'Grady has a gift for writing unique plays that celebrate the strengths of women. Ellery is a PHENOMENAL show for actresses--and for any audience and director and designer! It's creative and unique and heartfelt and very funny. What I really like about O'Grady's plays is that they celebrate the beautiful things in the world even while paying attention to the dark things. O'Grady also really has a gift for writing pretty dream male characters who aren't threatened by the successful women they adore. Another strong showing from O'Grady here--check it out!

Character Information

  • Becca
    24
    A receptionist. A sensitive (can see and hear dead people).
  • Linda
    52
    Her mother. Dead.
  • Ida
    76
    Her grandmother. Dead.
  • Liesel
    25
    Her friend. A sensitive.
  • Dominic
    26
    A police officer.
  • The Girl
    Late teens.
    Dead. Wet hair and clothing.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Bechdel Group
    ,
    2019

Awards

Selection
,
The Bechdel Group
,
2018
Selection
,
The Best Women's Stage Monologues
,
Smith and Kraus
,
2017