Ann Timmons

Ann Timmons

ANN TIMMONS is committed to creating work that examines preconceptions and “received truths” through the prism of history. Her original one-woman show, "Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman," premiered Off-Broadway at the Samuel Beckett Theatre prior to a nation-wide tour that spanned 16 years. She has won grants and commissions for many plays, including "Becoming Calvin,...
ANN TIMMONS is committed to creating work that examines preconceptions and “received truths” through the prism of history. Her original one-woman show, "Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman," premiered Off-Broadway at the Samuel Beckett Theatre prior to a nation-wide tour that spanned 16 years. She has won grants and commissions for many plays, including "Becoming Calvin," "Beyond Shadowlands," "The Home/Place Play,"and "The Jamestown Adventure Express."
Ann is also a director, acting teacher, and founding producing playwright with Pipeline Playwrights (www.pipelienplaywrights.org).

Ann received her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Illinois. Ann is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Honor Roll!, and The Playwrights Circle. Visit her website at www.anntimmons.com

Plays

  • The Whole is Greater
    Marguerite is “stuck.” She turns to Carmen, a successful “empowerment expert,” but comes away from Carmen's motivational seminar more disaffected than ever. Meanwhile, Marguerite's old nemesis Frances Furst contemplates a run for Governor, but her City Hall office is derailed by charges of corruption. Add to the mix are Carmen’s estranged working-class mother and Frances’ clueless assistant. and the...
    Marguerite is “stuck.” She turns to Carmen, a successful “empowerment expert,” but comes away from Carmen's motivational seminar more disaffected than ever. Meanwhile, Marguerite's old nemesis Frances Furst contemplates a run for Governor, but her City Hall office is derailed by charges of corruption. Add to the mix are Carmen’s estranged working-class mother and Frances’ clueless assistant. and the result is a seriously funny comic drama that explores life in a fictitious DC suburb. "The Whole is Greater" explores the space where definitions of “success,” personal faith, matters of justice, and finding your place in the world collide.
  • It's My Party!
    What happens when two different factions ignite political change using wildly different tactics? "It's My Party!" explores the generational split that threatened the suffragists' march toward the 19th Amendment. Competing strategies, daring stunts, and bitter rivalries abound, along with the hope and persistence it takes to get something done in Washington!
  • Sally Has Issues
    Sally has moved into an old house in a new city. As a new renter in a "transitional" neighborhood, she faces challenges in the form of Ralph, the incompetent handyman, and Mel, the dismissive property manager. But there's more than that to the story. And Sally wants to get the bottom of it!
  • In the Ladies'
    When a lovesick man invades the Ladies’ Room he sets off a series of interactions that could only happen in this rare public “women only” space. Add a mother and her grown daughter and watch the conflicts multiply. Role-playing and unexpected role reversals lead to a comic exploration of love, hate, and feminism in a world where women still are not equal.

  • Hank and Gracelyn Go to New York
    In this updated, darkly comic retelling of Hansel and Gretel, two children, fleeing their bleak lives in coal country, arrive at Port Authority in New York City. Upon discovering they’ve been not only been abandoned by the aunt who was to meet them, but also robbed on the way, the ever-resourceful Gracelyn attempts to remedy the situation by engaging in some minor property theft. This action sets Gracelyn and...
    In this updated, darkly comic retelling of Hansel and Gretel, two children, fleeing their bleak lives in coal country, arrive at Port Authority in New York City. Upon discovering they’ve been not only been abandoned by the aunt who was to meet them, but also robbed on the way, the ever-resourceful Gracelyn attempts to remedy the situation by engaging in some minor property theft. This action sets Gracelyn and her vulnerable little brother on a collision course with Miss Pamela, a stylish, rich New Yorker with an unsettling profession. Soon the children find themselves imprisoned and enslaved in an elegant apartment, awaiting a fate worse than death. But Miss Pamela’s own vanity gives Gracelyn an idea, and she finds a way to save herself and her brother.
  • A Very Present Presence
    When daily pressures —a crumbling marriage, children testing her limits — become too much for Alice, she flees to her family’s cabin to sort things. Her reverie does not last long; she is interrupted by a visitation from her Great Aunt Nell—who died 20 years ago! Nell takes Alice on a tour of the past, and Alice comes to know the woman who raised her, Grammie Alberta, as a young woman in love with the wrong man...
    When daily pressures —a crumbling marriage, children testing her limits — become too much for Alice, she flees to her family’s cabin to sort things. Her reverie does not last long; she is interrupted by a visitation from her Great Aunt Nell—who died 20 years ago! Nell takes Alice on a tour of the past, and Alice comes to know the woman who raised her, Grammie Alberta, as a young woman in love with the wrong man. Alice learns some truths about her family, and herself, and comes to a conclusion that she needs to work to make things better!

  • Becoming Calvin
    Becoming Calvin celebrates the Frenchman who was a defining figure of the Protestant Reformation. John Calvin came of age during the Renaissance, but he became a man for all time. The events of his life remain surprisingly relevant: modern audiences will recognize the human drama behind shifting allegiances and challenges to authority.
    Becoming Calvin explores the lives of characters living at the...
    Becoming Calvin celebrates the Frenchman who was a defining figure of the Protestant Reformation. John Calvin came of age during the Renaissance, but he became a man for all time. The events of his life remain surprisingly relevant: modern audiences will recognize the human drama behind shifting allegiances and challenges to authority.
    Becoming Calvin explores the lives of characters living at the crossroads of history, caught up in the complex relationships between royalty and Rome, leaders of the Church and leaders of state. The play takes the audience on a journey with one extraordinary young scholar realizing his destiny as it asks the question: What would you give up for your freedom?
  • To Build An Invincible Strong City, or The Jamestown Adventure Express
    Fast-paced retelling of the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, England's foothold in the America. Featuring the true story of John Smith and Pocahontas, and introducing lesser known but no less influential historical players in this real-life adventure. Suitable for all ages, with opportunities for audience participation onstage and off. Written for a cast of three actors playing 25 characters on a bare...
    Fast-paced retelling of the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, England's foothold in the America. Featuring the true story of John Smith and Pocahontas, and introducing lesser known but no less influential historical players in this real-life adventure. Suitable for all ages, with opportunities for audience participation onstage and off. Written for a cast of three actors playing 25 characters on a bare stage, a big historic story unfolds with imagination, energy and fun! Could also be cast with more actors.
  • Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    "Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman," a theatre piece for solo performer, is the story of one woman's struggle to change the world. In this dramatic one-act, Charlotte Perkins Gilman crusades daringly for women's rights and social justice at the dawn of the 20th century. Even in the face of adversity, Gilman perseveres. Witty, articulate, and seemingly self-assured...
    "Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman," a theatre piece for solo performer, is the story of one woman's struggle to change the world. In this dramatic one-act, Charlotte Perkins Gilman crusades daringly for women's rights and social justice at the dawn of the 20th century. Even in the face of adversity, Gilman perseveres. Witty, articulate, and seemingly self-assured, she strives to make her message heard through poetry, provocative social commentary, and dramatic as well as whimsical fiction.

    But what happens when she is alone, dealing with her own fears and disappointments? In an evening of private revelation, Charlotte retraces the rocky path she has chosen, confronting her terrors, examining her actions, and ultimately reaffirming her vision.

    Staged simply, with minimal set and props, theatrical magic unfolds as the audience shares Gilman’s journey, and makes its own unexpected discoveries.

    Excerpted works include: "Women and Economics, The Home: Its Work and Influence," "The Yellow Wallpaper," "Benigna Machiavelli," and poetry from "In This Our World."