Gwendolyn Rice

Gwendolyn Rice

Gwendolyn Rice is a professional writer and playwright based in Madison, Wisconsin. She holds an MA in Theater Literature, History, and Criticism from UW-Madison, and a BA in English and Theater from the University of Iowa. Gwen has had plays, monologues, and staged readings produced by Renaissance Theaterworks, Theatre LILA, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Riverside Theater, Barrington Stage Company, Shakespeare...
Gwendolyn Rice is a professional writer and playwright based in Madison, Wisconsin. She holds an MA in Theater Literature, History, and Criticism from UW-Madison, and a BA in English and Theater from the University of Iowa. Gwen has had plays, monologues, and staged readings produced by Renaissance Theaterworks, Theatre LILA, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Riverside Theater, Barrington Stage Company, Shakespeare & Co., Forward Theater Company, First Stage Milwaukee, Polarity Ensemble, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, and the Wisconsin Wrights New Play Development Project. She is a member of Chicago Dramatists and the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Sleight of Hand
    Sleight of hand artist and professional pickpocket Artemis Foster is called home suddenly to retrieve some of his magic books before they are sold at a public auction. As he searches an old theater for the books that may help him finally master an amazing illusion, he is visited by ghosts of his unresolved past and the greatest magician of all – Harry Houdini.
  • Silent
    When Catholic priest Michael Ziperski begins counseling a convicted mob boss at Springfield Federal Penitentiary, he expects to offer spiritual support and guidance. He does not expect to be questioned by two FBI agents, looking for someone on the outside who is helping Frankie “the pizza man” Palozzollo continue to profit from his criminal past. Another unexpected visitor, a fellow priest, also comes to ask a...
    When Catholic priest Michael Ziperski begins counseling a convicted mob boss at Springfield Federal Penitentiary, he expects to offer spiritual support and guidance. He does not expect to be questioned by two FBI agents, looking for someone on the outside who is helping Frankie “the pizza man” Palozzollo continue to profit from his criminal past. Another unexpected visitor, a fellow priest, also comes to ask a Father Ziperski a question; will he hear his confession?
  • A Thousand Words
    The art world is ecstatic when a box of stunning black and white photos is discovered amongst some long-lost possessions of Ernest Hemingway. A curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art lays claim to them, but so does a woman who might be the granddaughter of the photographer, Walker Evans. This new play explores the meaning of authenticity and the relationship between art and marketing. Whether the medium...
    The art world is ecstatic when a box of stunning black and white photos is discovered amongst some long-lost possessions of Ernest Hemingway. A curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art lays claim to them, but so does a woman who might be the granddaughter of the photographer, Walker Evans. This new play explores the meaning of authenticity and the relationship between art and marketing. Whether the medium is vintage photographs or antique quilts, it asks the question, what are they really worth? And what's more intriguing, the art? Or the story behind it?
  • The Griots
    Set in rural Georgia in the late 1930s, The Griots focuses on an elderly African American woman (Ada) who grew up in slavery, a young woman who is the descendant of the plantation owner’s family (Lizzie), and a young white man from Ohio (John) who has been sent to the South to interview ex-slaves as a part of the WPA Writers’ Project. As John gains Ada’s trust over a period of several weeks, her stories turn...
    Set in rural Georgia in the late 1930s, The Griots focuses on an elderly African American woman (Ada) who grew up in slavery, a young woman who is the descendant of the plantation owner’s family (Lizzie), and a young white man from Ohio (John) who has been sent to the South to interview ex-slaves as a part of the WPA Writers’ Project. As John gains Ada’s trust over a period of several weeks, her stories turn from quaint tales of happy field hands, to brutal accounts of violence and intolerance. And when her tales contradict Lizzie’s family legends, exposing the truth may have too great a cost.