Debbie Lamedman

Debbie Lamedman

Debbie is a playwright, author, and editor of eight acting books published by Smith & Kraus, Inc. Debbie's produced plays include phat girls, Triangle Logic, Eating in the Dark, Just Add Love, and Out with the Old. Debbie is the co-bookwriter for the musical How the Nurse Feels, which had staged readings at both the ASCAP/Disney workshop in Los Angeles, and New World Stages in New York City. Debbie...
Debbie is a playwright, author, and editor of eight acting books published by Smith & Kraus, Inc. Debbie's produced plays include phat girls, Triangle Logic, Eating in the Dark, Just Add Love, and Out with the Old. Debbie is the co-bookwriter for the musical How the Nurse Feels, which had staged readings at both the ASCAP/Disney workshop in Los Angeles, and New World Stages in New York City. Debbie's short play Mind Control was produced as part of the 35th Annual Samuel French Off-Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City.

Debbie continues to receive commissions to write plays on social issues for teens. Some of those plays include Everyday People, a play on anti-bullying which premiered in April 2011 to nearly 5,000 audience members. Additional commissions include Rx, a play that deals with prescription drug abuse among teens, You Belong to Me, a piece about dating violence, Snowflakes, a theatrical documentary exploring Autism, Drowning in Quicksand, and many others.

In addition to her writing, Debbie has worked as an adjunct theatre instructor and guest director at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She has also taught acting classes at the Portland Actors Conservatory in Portland, OR. Debbie is a frequent guest teaching artist and has taught master classes in playwrighting and monologue workshops around the country. Debbie received her MFA in theatre from Brandeis University and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Water Down
    Midnight, on a cold March night, and five teens find themselves on the same bridge under a full moon. What brings them all together on this night? Is it love, romance, or something more sinister?
  • Drowning in Quicksand
    One-Act. An in-depth and heartbreaking portrayal of a group of high school teenagers reckoning with the everyday struggles of mental health, depression, self-harm, and suicide.
  • Snowflakes
    One-Act. Snowflakes is a theatrical documentary depicting a range of characters on the autistic spectrum. In the play, Suzanne, a documentarian seeks out these individuals in an attempt to understand the many different facets of autism.
  • You Belong to Me
    Allison has never had a boyfriend, but when she meets David everything changes. He is charming, handsome, and so sweet and kind to her. Without warning, David's behavior changes, he becomes cruel and dangerous, managing to isolate Allison and keep her from her friends and family. You Belong to Me explores the issues of dating violence among teens, and is interspersed with monologues from real-life survivors and abusers.
  • Up the Fall
    The story of Up the Fall takes place in both Portland and a mythical other world. When the nefarious Graeae Sisters kidnap the three animal spirits that are responsible for the passage of time, the world’s salvation falls into the hands of Diana, a young disabled woman living in Portland. Together with a squirrel spirit named Ratatoskr, Diana travels to this land in order to help save it. Many of the elements...
    The story of Up the Fall takes place in both Portland and a mythical other world. When the nefarious Graeae Sisters kidnap the three animal spirits that are responsible for the passage of time, the world’s salvation falls into the hands of Diana, a young disabled woman living in Portland. Together with a squirrel spirit named Ratatoskr, Diana travels to this land in order to help save it. Many of the elements of the story were inspired by Japanese, Chinese and Native American mythology.
  • Triangle Logic
    Claire and Jack have been best friends for ages, with a strong platonic friendship since Jack is gay. Jack is not surprised when Claire announces she has a crush on her new friend Ben. Claire, it seems, gets crushes easily. The problem is, she always seems to fall for gay men, and of course, Ben is gay. Triangle Logic is an intimate look at friendship, love, betrayal, and the ways in which we navigate the...
    Claire and Jack have been best friends for ages, with a strong platonic friendship since Jack is gay. Jack is not surprised when Claire announces she has a crush on her new friend Ben. Claire, it seems, gets crushes easily. The problem is, she always seems to fall for gay men, and of course, Ben is gay. Triangle Logic is an intimate look at friendship, love, betrayal, and the ways in which we navigate the most important relationships in our lives.
  • phat girls
    phat girls is a fast-paced account of the struggle many women experience dealing with weight and body image. the audience is transported from childhood to adulthood, witnessing the development and many facets of an eating disorder, in addition to how these women learn to survive in a body-conscious society. We see inner demons personified as we follow each woman on her journey to self-acceptance. phat girls...
    phat girls is a fast-paced account of the struggle many women experience dealing with weight and body image. the audience is transported from childhood to adulthood, witnessing the development and many facets of an eating disorder, in addition to how these women learn to survive in a body-conscious society. We see inner demons personified as we follow each woman on her journey to self-acceptance. phat girls relates to these issues with humor, poignancy, and an honesty that everyone will be able to relate to.
  • Eating in the Dark
    Ten-Minute Play. A troubled young woman attends a movie in a crowded theatre, where she is required to find an additional seat for her stomach, which has become so large it requires an extra seat. There, she is given advance from a helpful stranger as to how to she can "get rid" of the overbearing Stomach.
  • Mind Control
    Ten-Minute Play. Gwen convinces her roommate Rob that he will be able to engage in taboo activity with the use of his mind. And while Gwen and Rob experiment with their minds, Rob's girlfriend Melissa is asleep in the next room.
  • Pluto
    Monologue. Adapted from Edgar Allen Poe's short story The Black Cat, Pluto shows a man in the throes of an emotional breakdown as he comes to terms with what he has done to his wife's cat, Pluto, and ultimately what he has done to his wife.
  • Bread and Brie
    10-minute play. Married couple Rita and Fred are attending a backyard party. Fred ate too much cheese and thinks Rita had too much to drink. Rita thinks the problem is all in Fred's head instead of in his stomach. The squabbles of a modern married couple.
  • The Weight of the World
    One-Act. When 20 high-schoolers set off to school on an ordinary Wednesday, they have no idea what is about to befall them.  They find themselves trapped together in a room with no windows and no door. They are a random group of teens that have never met before.  With varying personalities, the teens find different ways to process what is happening to them. Inevitably, they work together to form a plan and find...
    One-Act. When 20 high-schoolers set off to school on an ordinary Wednesday, they have no idea what is about to befall them.  They find themselves trapped together in a room with no windows and no door. They are a random group of teens that have never met before.  With varying personalities, the teens find different ways to process what is happening to them. Inevitably, they work together to form a plan and find a way to escape. Running Time: 45 minutes 20 Gender-Non-Specific Characters