KARI FLOREN

KARI FLOREN

Kari Floren is an accomplished Off-Broadway playwright whose plays have been performed by: Javier Muñoz (THE PORCH), Denise Crosby (REVISITING WILDFIRE), and Rosemary Prinz (VOICES OF SWORDS). In 2017 her short play BERSERKER was a Best of the Week selection at the Frontera Fest in Austin, TX, and REVISITING WILDFIRE was selected for the Tennessee Women’s Work Festival. Previously her screenplay drama FOR LOVE...
Kari Floren is an accomplished Off-Broadway playwright whose plays have been performed by: Javier Muñoz (THE PORCH), Denise Crosby (REVISITING WILDFIRE), and Rosemary Prinz (VOICES OF SWORDS). In 2017 her short play BERSERKER was a Best of the Week selection at the Frontera Fest in Austin, TX, and REVISITING WILDFIRE was selected for the Tennessee Women’s Work Festival. Previously her screenplay drama FOR LOVE OF MAMA was a finalist in the Nantucket Film Festival.

Plays

  • REVISITING WILDFIRE
    Revisiting Wildfire is a funny and moving two character play that tests the friendship of former college roommates Theresa and Pam, who met in the early years of punk and the Reagan Administration. Now 52, both women are facing personal crises: When Theresa loses her job and falls out of touch, Pam leaves Ohio and arrives unannounced at Theresa’s NYC apartment. Theresa has recently discovered spiritual...
    Revisiting Wildfire is a funny and moving two character play that tests the friendship of former college roommates Theresa and Pam, who met in the early years of punk and the Reagan Administration. Now 52, both women are facing personal crises: When Theresa loses her job and falls out of touch, Pam leaves Ohio and arrives unannounced at Theresa’s NYC apartment. Theresa has recently discovered spiritual guidance and her new life purpose in a 70’s pop ballad, which Pam finds more than a little insane. But, in a volatile afternoon, Pam makes her own startling revelation and they find their lives are at a crossroads. They each have to answer the question, “How are you, my lifelong friend, going to be a part of my new life?” Is their shared history an obstruction or a guide to their future? To move forward and save their friendship, the two women must find in each other a neglected and vital part of themselves.
  • THE PORCH
    The Porch is the story of four desperate souls all looking for a place to stop running. On one not-so-ordinary summer afternoon three guests show up at the same bed & breakfast that the innkeeper eagerly wants to shutter. Just short of being physically coerced into staying open, he allows them to stay while leaving them to their own devices. None of the group, including the innkeeper, is entirely stable,...
    The Porch is the story of four desperate souls all looking for a place to stop running. On one not-so-ordinary summer afternoon three guests show up at the same bed & breakfast that the innkeeper eagerly wants to shutter. Just short of being physically coerced into staying open, he allows them to stay while leaving them to their own devices. None of the group, including the innkeeper, is entirely stable, making it only a matter of time before the porch becomes a battleground. Out of the darkness, however, a new day emerges, bringing hope and courage to unlikely allies.

  • A LATE SUPPER
    A Late Supper is the story of two sisters, Diane and Debbie, who have chosen markedly different life paths. As the play opens, Diane is excitedly preparing a dinner in anticipation of the arrival of her beloved sister, much to the dismay of Diane's husband, Mark. Tensions flare when Debbie arrives with a surprise date – Mark’s high school idol, Greg, an accomplished pro golfer. When a smoldering...
    A Late Supper is the story of two sisters, Diane and Debbie, who have chosen markedly different life paths. As the play opens, Diane is excitedly preparing a dinner in anticipation of the arrival of her beloved sister, much to the dismay of Diane's husband, Mark. Tensions flare when Debbie arrives with a surprise date – Mark’s high school idol, Greg, an accomplished pro golfer. When a smoldering unresolved conflict between Mark and Debbie becomes uncontainable, dinner ends up on the floor. They order pizza and hope it will arrive before this quartet’s intricate web of lies and betrayals fully unravels.
  • THAT GORGON GIRL
    Co- Written with FLORA DOONE

    That Gorgon Girl is the comedic story of two teenage girls in 2018 New York City, one of whom happens to be Medusa, the Gorgon from ancient Greece. She has been restored to her original youth and beauty and sent down by Zeus to help one of her descendants, Phoebe, who is in danger of following in her footsteps. Zeus, believing Medusa has learned her lesson, hopes...
    Co- Written with FLORA DOONE

    That Gorgon Girl is the comedic story of two teenage girls in 2018 New York City, one of whom happens to be Medusa, the Gorgon from ancient Greece. She has been restored to her original youth and beauty and sent down by Zeus to help one of her descendants, Phoebe, who is in danger of following in her footsteps. Zeus, believing Medusa has learned her lesson, hopes that she can prevent history from repeating itself. Instead, it backfires.

    With the help of Phoebe’s Mom, Medusa poses as an exchange, student. She hopes that by spending day and night with Phoebe, she can guide her away from her awful behavior. Zeus stays close by, taking on various disguises to monitor Medusa’s efforts.

    Like Medusa was, Phoebe is beautiful with gorgeous flowing curls and is obnoxiously self-centered. Every boy has thrown themselves at her feet except Spiro, the one she wants. This snub has brought out the worst in Phoebe, and threatens to bring out the curse she’s inherited from Medusa.

    Medusa has good intentions – she really tries, really really really tries. But Phoebe brings out the monster in her, rekindling her old jealousies, envy and vanity, which led to her being cursed in the first place. It all comes to a boil when Spiro falls head over heels for Medusa. Phoebe’s rage engages the curse, her skin tone changes, her hair thickens and her dark glare turns Spiro to stone.

    Medusa is horrified! Zeus is furious! Phoebe is green! But Medusa won’t let Phoebe fall to the peril of Gorgonhood, the life she had -- and hated. She convinces Phoebe to trust the beauty within, overcome her insecurities and free herself from the curse forever.
  • FISH HEAD SOUP
    Fish Head Soup is the story of Tristan, a culinary school reject who now makes ends meet by performing as a Mime at the Fort Lauderdale farmers market. His roommate Donald is threatening eviction. To fend off his demands for rent, Tristan promises to bring home fresh vegetables every night and create gastronomical masterpieces. But his earnings are low, tips are paltry, and unexpectedly he has competition...
    Fish Head Soup is the story of Tristan, a culinary school reject who now makes ends meet by performing as a Mime at the Fort Lauderdale farmers market. His roommate Donald is threatening eviction. To fend off his demands for rent, Tristan promises to bring home fresh vegetables every night and create gastronomical masterpieces. But his earnings are low, tips are paltry, and unexpectedly he has competition grabbing the leftover produce. An elegantly dressed woman, Elena, turns out to be is his biggest foe. They attack, they parry, they lick their wounds, but in they come together and create the perfect Fish Head Soup
  • BERSERKER
    BERSERKER is the story of sixteen year old Olga Larson, who has finally begun to fit in at school, three months after she and her gay Father, Peter, moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Lakeville, Florida. Olga’s blog for the school paper has transformed her peers’ impression of her from a funny talking, slightly overweight outsider, into a waggish and influential trendsetter. But when the unenlightened...
    BERSERKER is the story of sixteen year old Olga Larson, who has finally begun to fit in at school, three months after she and her gay Father, Peter, moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Lakeville, Florida. Olga’s blog for the school paper has transformed her peers’ impression of her from a funny talking, slightly overweight outsider, into a waggish and influential trendsetter. But when the unenlightened advisor to the paper returns from maternity leave, Olga’s new found popularity is about to be snatched away. Peter’s verbal sparring, which Olga normally relishes, does nothing to soothe her depression. Instead, she finds solace and a way forward through a surprising link to her Norwegian heritage. Olga appears to get her confidence back but in fact she slips further and further into a darker reality.
  • ANNIE WINS A RAFFLE
    ANNIE WINS A RAFFLE is a story about Annie Smith, who has just had the best afternoon of her life, singing “God Bless America” in front of a small town Kentucky grocery store. Her shining moment was the result of her winning a raffle sponsored by the owner of the supermarket. Annie’s husband, Norman, recorded a video of the event, and now, martini’s in hand, they sit down together to watch it. But there’s a...
    ANNIE WINS A RAFFLE is a story about Annie Smith, who has just had the best afternoon of her life, singing “God Bless America” in front of a small town Kentucky grocery store. Her shining moment was the result of her winning a raffle sponsored by the owner of the supermarket. Annie’s husband, Norman, recorded a video of the event, and now, martini’s in hand, they sit down together to watch it. But there’s a problem...it seems that Annie’s need for her own time in the sun has been awakened and squashed all in the same day. Will the couple find their way to a silver lining?
  • THE DISCOUNT COUNTESS
    THE DISCOUNT COUNTESS* is the story of the Countess, waiting In her dingy apartment in Miami for a visit from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. It is to them that she will at last reveal the details of her fascinating life. But the Latina intern who shows up to do the interview, finds herself part of a far bigger story than either woman could ever have imagined.
  • IF WISHES WERE HORSES
    If Wishes Were Horses takes place in late summer 2006. Tiger Woods is the world’s best golfer, with Phil Mickelson closing the gap until his disastrous loss at the US Open at Winged Foot. Our hero, Doug, is a downsized Human Resources exec who needs a job. His wife Karen has been supporting him – for too long. His father-in-law Bill needs a place to live after the assisted living facility catches fire....
    If Wishes Were Horses takes place in late summer 2006. Tiger Woods is the world’s best golfer, with Phil Mickelson closing the gap until his disastrous loss at the US Open at Winged Foot. Our hero, Doug, is a downsized Human Resources exec who needs a job. His wife Karen has been supporting him – for too long. His father-in-law Bill needs a place to live after the assisted living facility catches fire. Doug really needs a job. Add to this explosive mixture his obsession with Phil Mickelson’s collapse, a remarkable green thumb and a dog who shows him that being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be miraculous. If Wishes Were Horses wonders whether three people can get out of the rough and on with their lives…without killing each other.