Cate Wiley

Cate Wiley

CateWiley is a Denver playwright. Her latest work is "The Liberation," which had a world premiere at The Ballard Underground in Seattle in 2018. Set in Paris, at the time of the 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan nightclub, this play addresses the sexual shaming of women. An earlier play, "Sheltered," is based on stories by homeless women. This play, which combines a mother-daughter...
CateWiley is a Denver playwright. Her latest work is "The Liberation," which had a world premiere at The Ballard Underground in Seattle in 2018. Set in Paris, at the time of the 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan nightclub, this play addresses the sexual shaming of women. An earlier play, "Sheltered," is based on stories by homeless women. This play, which combines a mother-daughter narrative with choral interludes illustrating the realities of urban homelessness, has enjoyed a series of performances featuring many of the best female actors in Denver. Two plays, "Sheltered" and "Trespassing," have undergone intensive development with the Athena Project, and her first play enjoyed a reading at the Great Plains Theatre Festival. A recent two-hander, "The Wine Snob," was recorded for a Colorado Public Radio feature, and another play, "Homing," has also been heard on the radio. Cate studied community-based theater at Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, working on the production of At-Traction in the Los Angeles Arts District. She teaches American and British drama and women writers in the English Department at the University of Colorado Denver, and is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and the Colorado Theatre Guild.


Plays

  • The Liberation
    Set against the background of terrorist attacks in Paris, The Liberation asks how far women have come from the sexual double standards of the past. Marianne has lost her position as History Professor at a prestigious university, after a trumped up sex scandal, and has moved to Paris to reinvent herself. When she reconnects with her lover from graduate school, over twenty years ago, she will have to question who...
    Set against the background of terrorist attacks in Paris, The Liberation asks how far women have come from the sexual double standards of the past. Marianne has lost her position as History Professor at a prestigious university, after a trumped up sex scandal, and has moved to Paris to reinvent herself. When she reconnects with her lover from graduate school, over twenty years ago, she will have to question who she is and where she wants to go.
  • Sheltered
    I wrote Sheltered after years of volunteer work with homeless women. My purpose was to make these women visible, to allow them to voice a reality most of us would rather ignore. The play uses a Greek chorus of homeless women who shape-shift into stock characters such as cops and outreach workers. The play also tells the story of a volunteer at a homeless shelter looking for her addicted mother, their...
    I wrote Sheltered after years of volunteer work with homeless women. My purpose was to make these women visible, to allow them to voice a reality most of us would rather ignore. The play uses a Greek chorus of homeless women who shape-shift into stock characters such as cops and outreach workers. The play also tells the story of a volunteer at a homeless shelter looking for her addicted mother, their reconnection and ultimate failure to reconcile.
  • Note to Self
    Zoe wants to jump and Jerry wants to stop her. Why would a healthy-looking young woman want to do such a thing? This play is a suicide-prevention tool.
  • Canada
    Two women--one a slave, one not a slave--who happen to share a father in the antebellum South, debate the possibilities of liberation.