Nancy Temple

Nancy Temple

Nancy Temple has been involved in the arts all her life, as a tapestry weaver, design teacher and space planner. She has had several short plays performed at festivals, including Image Theater’s Fem Noire Festival for women playwrights and Playwright Platform Festival—where “Dog Park Afternoon” won Best Play award. She has written plays of various lengths, including a dark drama, “The Caregivers,” a full...
Nancy Temple has been involved in the arts all her life, as a tapestry weaver, design teacher and space planner. She has had several short plays performed at festivals, including Image Theater’s Fem Noire Festival for women playwrights and Playwright Platform Festival—where “Dog Park Afternoon” won Best Play award. She has written plays of various lengths, including a dark drama, “The Caregivers,” a full length in six scenes. Nancy is returning to school for another graduate degree, an MFA in Playwriting at Lesley University in Cambridge.

Plays

  • Frank and Rachel
    Two strangers meet at a bus stop outside a Walmart. A conversation ensues, in which Rachel
    complains of being stifled by her husband Rob’s rules and Frank describes his gambling
    addiction. They reveal their hopes of escape and discover they share dreams of travel to India.
    Each encourages the other to break free of the obstacles they face. There is first conflict, then
    harmony. In...
    Two strangers meet at a bus stop outside a Walmart. A conversation ensues, in which Rachel
    complains of being stifled by her husband Rob’s rules and Frank describes his gambling
    addiction. They reveal their hopes of escape and discover they share dreams of travel to India.
    Each encourages the other to break free of the obstacles they face. There is first conflict, then
    harmony. In the end they part, Rachel to return home to Rob, perhaps to announce her trip to
    India, while Frank remains at the bus stop
  • The Caregivers

    “The Caregivers” focuses on the tangled relationships between three women: Ruth (80s), mother of Louise (60s) and Patti (50s). The play is about how all of these women manipulate and betray one another in various ways, in order to serve their own interests, and about what and how all of them suffer as a result. It is a play about unacknowledged limitations, meanness, compromise, incompetence—but also...

    “The Caregivers” focuses on the tangled relationships between three women: Ruth (80s), mother of Louise (60s) and Patti (50s). The play is about how all of these women manipulate and betray one another in various ways, in order to serve their own interests, and about what and how all of them suffer as a result. It is a play about unacknowledged limitations, meanness, compromise, incompetence—but also about vulnerability and the need for love—and about what happens when these different impulses and characters, with different agendas, collide.
  • The Ties That Bind

    Carol, a divorced woman, arranges to meet her daughter Kim to help plan Kim’s wedding, but she learns that Kim and her fiancé’s mother have already made plans. Carol demands an explanation. Kim, angry, says that her father revealed that she is adopted. Carol is forced to tell Kim that she was born to a biological mother in prison. Stunned, Kim questions whether her fiancé will still love her. Carol...

    Carol, a divorced woman, arranges to meet her daughter Kim to help plan Kim’s wedding, but she learns that Kim and her fiancé’s mother have already made plans. Carol demands an explanation. Kim, angry, says that her father revealed that she is adopted. Carol is forced to tell Kim that she was born to a biological mother in prison. Stunned, Kim questions whether her fiancé will still love her. Carol reassures her and they move towards reconciliation. Carol asks to do the flowers at the wedding, Kim hesitantly agrees and, for the first time in the play, addresses Carol as “Mom.”
  • Dog Park Afternoon
    Carla and Joe, both twenty-somethings, meet at a dog park; their dogs are off stage. At first friendly, they both learn that there is something about the other’s dog that has created a problem in their life. Joe’s dog has been a pest at Carla’s bakery, whereas Carla’s dog has been yapping in the apartment building they all share. They quarrel. Their dogs, however, are having a good time. Carla admits her...
    Carla and Joe, both twenty-somethings, meet at a dog park; their dogs are off stage. At first friendly, they both learn that there is something about the other’s dog that has created a problem in their life. Joe’s dog has been a pest at Carla’s bakery, whereas Carla’s dog has been yapping in the apartment building they all share. They quarrel. Their dogs, however, are having a good time. Carla admits her dog needs therapy, and Joe has an idea for Carla’s bakery to make dog cupcakes. They reconcile and make a date as Carla exits.