Enid Graham

Enid Graham

Enid Graham is a writer and actress living in New York City. She is a Fellow in the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights program at The Juilliard School. Her work includes - plays: RUTH, WHAT MARTHA DID, SOMETHING UNRECOGNIZABLE, PATHOLOGICAL VENUS, GOLDEN, A LONG TIME AGO IN A DARK YARD AT NIGHT, and FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, screenplay: TEXAS, short stories: “Galveston”, “Blind Spot”, “Go Fish”. RUTH...
Enid Graham is a writer and actress living in New York City. She is a Fellow in the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights program at The Juilliard School. Her work includes - plays: RUTH, WHAT MARTHA DID, SOMETHING UNRECOGNIZABLE, PATHOLOGICAL VENUS, GOLDEN, A LONG TIME AGO IN A DARK YARD AT NIGHT, and FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, screenplay: TEXAS, short stories: “Galveston”, “Blind Spot”, “Go Fish”. RUTH was chosen for the 2018 National Playwrights’ Conference , as well as the New TACTics 2017 New Play Festival in NYC, and the Sacred Monsters Summer Reading Series in Los Angeles California. WHAT MARTHA DID, was a finalist for the 2015 O’Neil Playwrights’ Conference and a semi-finalist in the Blue Ink Playwriting Festival, American Blues Theater in Chicago.PATHOLOGICAL VENUS is a finalist in the 2020/21 O'Neil Playwrights' Conference. She is a founding member of the 72nd Street Gang, a playwrights’ collective in New York City. As an actress, Ms Graham was most recently seen in M Butterfly on Broadway, in the original Broadway company of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and in the world premiere of Bull in a China Shop at Lincoln Center 3. Other credits include- Broadway: Honour (Tony Award nomination for best supporting actress), Fortune’s Fool, Dinner at Eight, The Constant Wife – Off-Broadway: King Lear (Public Theatre), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Roundabout), Some Americans Abroad (Second Stage) among many others. Television includes – The Sinner, Mindhunter, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Blue Bloods and two seasons as Rose Van Alden in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Film includes – Margaret, Margot at the Wedding, The Interpreter, and Silver Tongues.

Plays

  • A Long Time Ago in a Dark Yard at Night
    Two friends from a small Texas town take divergent paths in life as they grow from girls to women, each fighting to find happiness in a patriarchal world full of compromise.
  • GOLDEN
    In a dystopian near future, GOLDEN tells the darkly funny tale of a young widow as she struggles to survive in a society that disdains human frailty.
    Also available as an audio-only version.
  • PATHOLOGICAL VENUS
    With a time frame ranging from the early-Christian era to the 19th Century, Pathological Venus explores the themes of male-female relations, the powerful oppressing the powerless, and the ways women, within their limited circumstances, seek to achieve some level of power or freedom. Set mainly in 1890 at the Salpetriere, the famous Parisian women’s hospital for the indigent and insane, the play follows hysteria...
    With a time frame ranging from the early-Christian era to the 19th Century, Pathological Venus explores the themes of male-female relations, the powerful oppressing the powerless, and the ways women, within their limited circumstances, seek to achieve some level of power or freedom. Set mainly in 1890 at the Salpetriere, the famous Parisian women’s hospital for the indigent and insane, the play follows hysteria patients under the care of their doctor, Jean-Martin Charcot. The strange and complex relationship between male doctor and female patient mirrors the intricate negotiations between men and women generally – husbands and wives, fathers and daughters – and encourages us to examine the inherent and societal difficulties between the sexes.
  • Ruth
    A young woman from a mysterious and sheltered background attempts to create a new life in modern day New York City. Along the way she encounters four people: Joan – a woman with a similar past who is helping her transition into her new life, Derrick – a lonely, underachieving co-worker in the photo/copy shop, Claire – a very friendly stranger on a mission of her own, and Toby – Claire’s friend who isn’t what he...
    A young woman from a mysterious and sheltered background attempts to create a new life in modern day New York City. Along the way she encounters four people: Joan – a woman with a similar past who is helping her transition into her new life, Derrick – a lonely, underachieving co-worker in the photo/copy shop, Claire – a very friendly stranger on a mission of her own, and Toby – Claire’s friend who isn’t what he seems to be. All of the characters find themselves being drawn to Ruth, each wanting to save or be saved by her. As we watch them struggle to connect, the play asks the questions that drove Ruth out into the fractured, abrasive world in the first place – Who am I? What do I believe? Is it possible to be alive and not be alone?
  • What Martha Did
    A family gathers to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Martha’s celebrated book of essays, all except Martha who killed herself soon after the book’s publication. Haunted by the past and events they can’t explain, her family struggles to move forward. How can they reconcile the Martha they knew who wrote so brilliantly about the joys of living, and the hidden Martha who ended her life? And how...
    A family gathers to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Martha’s celebrated book of essays, all except Martha who killed herself soon after the book’s publication. Haunted by the past and events they can’t explain, her family struggles to move forward. How can they reconcile the Martha they knew who wrote so brilliantly about the joys of living, and the hidden Martha who ended her life? And how can they reconcile their own dreams of youth with the people they have become? And then a mysterious young woman arrives...