Pamela Hobart Carter

Pamela Hobart Carter

Carter is a playwright, poet, prose writer, and teacher who has lived more than half her life in Seattle, Washington. She grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, as a landed immigrant. Her plays have been produced and read at various Seattle venues, in Montreal, and in Fort Worth. Her full-length script, Rondo, made The Icicle Creek New Play Festival final 20. She has written 6 short books in easy English...
Carter is a playwright, poet, prose writer, and teacher who has lived more than half her life in Seattle, Washington. She grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, as a landed immigrant. Her plays have been produced and read at various Seattle venues, in Montreal, and in Fort Worth. Her full-length script, Rondo, made The Icicle Creek New Play Festival final 20. She has written 6 short books in easy English published by No Talking Dogs Press. Her words have appeared in Barrow Street, The Seattle Star, The Seattle Times, and Teaching Young Children, among other publications. Summers, she hikes in the Cascades. Winters, she skis in them.
Education: A.B., Geology, Bryn Mawr College; M.S., Geology, Indiana University; Teaching Credential and Graduate Studies in Elementary & Early Childhood Education: Pacific Oaks College/The Little School;
Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington.

Plays

  • Paula 101
    In “Paula 101,” Paula, an art history doctoral candidate, wants the world to know about the artist Paula Modersohn Becker, so she imagines a reinvented Art History 101, to revolve around the early German Expressionist. Despite the warnings from her friend, Gina, and her husband, Martin, and the refusal from her department, Paula resolves to go ahead secretly with her conception of art history. When the...
    In “Paula 101,” Paula, an art history doctoral candidate, wants the world to know about the artist Paula Modersohn Becker, so she imagines a reinvented Art History 101, to revolve around the early German Expressionist. Despite the warnings from her friend, Gina, and her husband, Martin, and the refusal from her department, Paula resolves to go ahead secretly with her conception of art history. When the department finds out, Gina turns both Paulas into celebrities.
  • Rondo
    On the eve of her 60th birthday, composer Joan Klein lies incapable of communicating with her family as the result of a car accident. Her daughters, daughter-in-law, and grandson arrive to celebrate/mourn. The family flounders without its center. Also without its center, Joan’s latest symphony sits unfinished. Without telling each other, both Joan’s daughters decide to patch the hole in its middle, a rondo...
    On the eve of her 60th birthday, composer Joan Klein lies incapable of communicating with her family as the result of a car accident. Her daughters, daughter-in-law, and grandson arrive to celebrate/mourn. The family flounders without its center. Also without its center, Joan’s latest symphony sits unfinished. Without telling each other, both Joan’s daughters decide to patch the hole in its middle, a rondo movement. When Frances’s attempts fail, she solicits the help of Gerry, the philharmonic director, and initiates an amusical collaboration. When Gerry arrives for dinner with the clan, he reveals that he has received not one, but three versions of the rondo, one suitable for the philharmonic performance—that by the mystery composer. When the identity of the composer emerges, the family regains its center.
  • A Few Things Remain
    Through a doctor's unconventional exercise involving giving attention to flowers, an elderly man with memory loss connects to his past and his family.
  • The Robot Decision
    THE ROBOT DECSION is a robom-com in which Anders, the head of a company (which can make robots), must decide whether or not decision-making robots, judgebots, would be a good thing to produce. She attends a dinner party put on by the robot designer and his robots. She must also decide if it is possible to love a robot, and if it is possible for a robot to love her. Anders appears to fall for a robot, while a...
    THE ROBOT DECSION is a robom-com in which Anders, the head of a company (which can make robots), must decide whether or not decision-making robots, judgebots, would be a good thing to produce. She attends a dinner party put on by the robot designer and his robots. She must also decide if it is possible to love a robot, and if it is possible for a robot to love her. Anders appears to fall for a robot, while a robot appears to fall for her. She discovers that the robot designer, in his shyness, has been pretending to be one of his robots. They begin both a romance and a business arrangement.
  • Nesting Ground
    Set on a tiny jungle island in the south Pacific, a group of adventurers from a cruise ship search for a glimpse of the endangered kakapo at its supposed nesting ground. Heather, the naturalist, leads the group through the vegetation on this unsanctioned venture to add to their "life lists." When the others discover that she has brought them to the island without the knowledge of the cruise captain,...
    Set on a tiny jungle island in the south Pacific, a group of adventurers from a cruise ship search for a glimpse of the endangered kakapo at its supposed nesting ground. Heather, the naturalist, leads the group through the vegetation on this unsanctioned venture to add to their "life lists." When the others discover that she has brought them to the island without the knowledge of the cruise captain, and Beth twists her ankle, they fear they may get stuck on the island and all go extinct with the kakapo. While Heather loses and finds their craft to get back to the cruise ship in safety, retirees Delores and Abe, and newly-divorced Beth interact with the rare kakapo. Looking for, and finding, the kakapo reminds them of what matters in life and helps Abe and Delores sort out their marriage, and Beth sort out her new single-hood.

    The kakapo may be played by Heather with a puppet, or may be suggested with lighting and sound effects, or with film, etc.

  • Rook and Marcella Test the Waters
    ROOK AND MARCELLA TEST THE WATERS takes place in an alternate here and now where societal rules are draconian. Rook and Marcella have violated a rule about touching another person when he pulled her from the water as she was drowning. Before they face a violations hearing, wily Rook wants to craft a plan with goody-goody Marcella to get them off. In the process he learns about her fear of water, developed after...
    ROOK AND MARCELLA TEST THE WATERS takes place in an alternate here and now where societal rules are draconian. Rook and Marcella have violated a rule about touching another person when he pulled her from the water as she was drowning. Before they face a violations hearing, wily Rook wants to craft a plan with goody-goody Marcella to get them off. In the process he learns about her fear of water, developed after her twin brother nearly drowned and she rescued him. Marcella agrees to swim lessons from Rook, in part to spend time together, in part to be honest at the violations hearing. Marcella's relationship with the water is played out in dance form, several dancers representing the ocean.





  • Snowpocalypse Rendez-Vous at Taverna Seattle
    Portia and Luke are on a date at Taverna Seattle when a blizzard traps them there. Rich and Tippy are new to town and looking for ways to keep their minds from atrophying. In recognizing that life on earth is like being trapped together during a snow storm, the four become instant friends, maybe more. "Snowpocalypse Rendez-Vous at Taverna Seattle" runs under 5 minutes.

    Written for #...
    Portia and Luke are on a date at Taverna Seattle when a blizzard traps them there. Rich and Tippy are new to town and looking for ways to keep their minds from atrophying. In recognizing that life on earth is like being trapped together during a snow storm, the four become instant friends, maybe more. "Snowpocalypse Rendez-Vous at Taverna Seattle" runs under 5 minutes.

    Written for #SeattleDGParty with the two word prompt, "Seattle, snow."