Elisabeth Giffin Speckman

Elisabeth Giffin Speckman

Elisabeth's plays have been workshopped and/or produced throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Israel. Her short play, “Brothers on a Hotel Bed,” is featured in Stage It! 2: Thirty 10-Minute Plays. Other work appears in Midwestern Gothic, Pidgeonholes, Three Line Poetry, CHEAP POP, and Flash Fiction Magazine.

In addition to writing, Elisabeth is an actor...
Elisabeth's plays have been workshopped and/or produced throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Israel. Her short play, “Brothers on a Hotel Bed,” is featured in Stage It! 2: Thirty 10-Minute Plays. Other work appears in Midwestern Gothic, Pidgeonholes, Three Line Poetry, CHEAP POP, and Flash Fiction Magazine.

In addition to writing, Elisabeth is an actor and director, and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her B.A. in Theatre and English-Creative Writing from Denison University, where she studied with writers David Baker and Margot Singer, and with playwrights Peter Pauze, Mark Evans Bryan, Gretchen Cryer, and Peter Grandbois.

She received her M.F.A. in Fiction from Butler University, focusing on young adult fiction and dramatic writing, working with novelists Allison Lynn and Michael Dahlie on her YA thesis and with visiting screenwriter/documentary filmmaker Alix Lambert on dramatic works.

Elisabeth has studied additionally under playwrights Andrew Black, Tom Horan, Lary Bloom, cfrancis blackchild, Howard Blanning, and Mark Harvey Levine.

Elisabeth teaches youth drama and writing and serves as the Director of the Butler Bridge Program, a creative writing program for central Indiana youth. She is an adjunct at IUPUI and Butler University, and has taught and designed courses in screenwriting, prose, academic writing, media literacy, acting, and Disney studies.

She is especially interested in exploring intergenerational relationships, themes of motherhood and parenthood, and race relations in the United States. Additionally, she is interested in adaptation, docudrama/ethnodrama, theatre for young audiences, and solo performance.

Plays

  • Bartleby & Bess (5-10 minute play)
    A man contemplates life, love, and airplane trips while anxiously awaiting the arrival of an old flame after 408 days of being apart.
  • Brothers on a Hotel Bed (15 minute play)
    Sam and James, having only just met each other, and tired after a long day of driving, enter their hotel room to discover there is only one bed.
  • CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 - Monologue
    Inspired by the New York Times' front page May 24, 2020.

  • Cindy/Ella
    ONE ACT (approx. 50 min):

    A modern Cinderella story: in reverse.

    Princess Cynthia of Malibu has it all, yet she longs to be "normal." When the ever-present media breaks the news about her husband’s foot fetish after he forces women throughout town to try on her shoes, Cindy embarks on an adventure to find out who she truly is beneath the glitz and glam. Going incognito...
    ONE ACT (approx. 50 min):

    A modern Cinderella story: in reverse.

    Princess Cynthia of Malibu has it all, yet she longs to be "normal." When the ever-present media breaks the news about her husband’s foot fetish after he forces women throughout town to try on her shoes, Cindy embarks on an adventure to find out who she truly is beneath the glitz and glam. Going incognito as Ella, Cindy seeks to discover what the world outside of celebrity culture really has to offer, and whether she can take care of herself for once. Meeting a host of characters while traversing across LA and (eek!) the Valley, Cindy discovers that what she's most been missing has been with her all along.
  • Disengaged Bedfellows (1 minute play)
    A couple wake in separate beds for the first time in seven years. They imagine what the other is doing.
  • Eliana - Monologue
    Written for Theatre is the Cure's Artists for Change global virtual event in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    A young mother reflects on her own childhood boundaries and those of her son during the time of coronavirus.
  • Happy Holidays (or Bust) (10 minute play)
    New mom Claire is less than thrilled with her mother's choice of photo for the family Christmas card.
  • Icebox - Monologue
    Hugh, an American researcher on a base in Antarctica, prepares for the day (and days) ahead while in COVID-19 quarantine.

    Written in response to a prompt from Theatre is the Cure: Worldwide Theatrical Event.
  • IOU - Monologue
    Amy reflects on her losses and whether ignorance really is bliss after her mother's passing.

    Written in response to a prompt from Theatre is the Cure: Worldwide Theatrical Event.
  • I Have Never Met Matthew Weaver But Here's A Play About Him Anyway - Monologue
    A woman admits she has never met Matthew Weaver.
  • LOVE IS BLIND (2 minute play)
    On their wedding day, TIMOTHY seeks to give KAY the day of her dreams, as best he can, given the circumstances.
  • MAKE IT KNOWN - Monologue
    Sally, a high school student, uncovers a conspiracy when she is assigned an unknown playwright for a drama class project.

    Written as part of the 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project's "Women in Theatre" Monologue Collection
  • Mercy Otis Warren at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, 2028 - Monologue/Solo Short Play
    Mercy Otis Warren visits the Pilgrim Hall Museum in 2028 on the 300th anniversary of her birth.

    Written as part of the 365 Women a Year: Playwriting Project's Women in Theatre Monologue Collection
  • Mother Ever After - Monologue
    A woman composes a letter to an imagined daughter.

    Originally composed and performed as a part of 50in50: Letters to Our Daughters by the Billie Holiday Theatre and WACO Theatre.
  • My Heart is a Kaleidoscope (Waiting to be Turned) (1 minute play)
    A poetic performance piece for actors. Ensemble piece. Suggested: 5-7 actors.

    Appropriate for young actors and audiences.
  • Nights from Now On (5 minute play)
    In the not-so-distant future of 2045, a boy and his father contend with strict guidelines in the hopes of saving the near-extinct firefly.
  • NIXIN' NIXON (10 Minute Play)
    Jane, a college student, comes home with exciting news: her longtime crush is coming over. Tonight. Her one problem? Her roommate Maggie's preferred bathroom decor. Will Jane convince Maggie to redecorate before it's too late?

    Contains strong language.
  • Potholes & Potluck (10 Minute Play)
    Frank Stone has had it with the pothole on Barkhurst. His wife, Vivian, worries over her holiday potluck. Their daughter, Sara, hasn't emerged from her room in days.

    Frank comes up with a creative solution to fill the hole and ends up lifting everyone's spirits in the process.
  • PROMAPALOOZOOM! (A Play for Virtual Theatre)
    ONE ACT:
    This isn't your average Zoom conference call. This is PROM 2020.

    When a group of high schoolers -- some friends, some strangers -- log in to their assigned "prom pod" for their senior prom, they try to make the best of the situation at hand.
  • Shoelaces (10 minute play)
    Union Station, Washington, D.C. A young girl lies about her age to a man waiting for a train, but is she the only one who's lying?
  • SEVENTEEN - A Monologue from Catch / Release
    Jayne reflects on the night of the big game. He was seventeen.
  • Starting Small - Monologue
    A domestic violence survivor reflects and advises.

    Written for Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus call for monologues on domestic violence.
  • Suburban Buffalo Sighting - Monologue
    It's exactly what it sounds like...or is it?
  • the humans are all wearing muzzles now - Monologue
    Dog observes. Dog worries. Dog focuses on what dog can control.
  • The Pumpkin Pact (10-15 minute play)
    Two middle school girls in the fall of 2004 make a powerful pact in a cornfield.

    A slightly shorter, max 10-minute version is available under "script sample."
  • These aren't meant to be worn (5 minute play)
    A poetic performance piece for 2 actors and art.

    Two childhood friends meet, years after jealousy and puberty tore them apart.

    THE ARTIST and THE CRITIC are roles open to any gender, sexual orientation, race, age, human.
  • Clyt; or, The Bathtub Play
    *IN DEVELOPMENT*

    Mother. Sister. Wife. Clytemnestra never launched a thousand ships, but that doesn't mean she couldn't have.

    An adaptation that examines the personhood of one of mythology's most fascinating females. What is at the root of female pleasure and female rage? What happens when the two become indistinguishable?

    In development.
  • Catch / Release
    *IN DEVELOPMENT*
    FULL LENGTH: Jayne, a lifelong transient, is finally settling down in the small town of Sky, Minnesota, hoping to buy the building that hosts the town’s grocery store, which he manages. Margot, a girl of 14 ½, adopts him as her new companion and confidant. Not used to so much positive attention, Jayne finds himself charmed by her, and Todd, the local police chief, notices. As Jayne and...
    *IN DEVELOPMENT*
    FULL LENGTH: Jayne, a lifelong transient, is finally settling down in the small town of Sky, Minnesota, hoping to buy the building that hosts the town’s grocery store, which he manages. Margot, a girl of 14 ½, adopts him as her new companion and confidant. Not used to so much positive attention, Jayne finds himself charmed by her, and Todd, the local police chief, notices. As Jayne and Margot’s friendship grows, it becomes even more complicated when Caleb, a teen looking for the father he never knew, rolls into town and Jayne’s past may finally catch up to him.

    A play that explores the subtle and sometimes complicated nature of multi-generational friendships, parenthood, small-town secrets, big-time prejudices, and the fallacy (or not) of memory when alcohol is involved.