Bethany Dickens

Bethany Dickens

Bethany Dickens is a playwright, actor, and arts advocate from Orlando, Florida. She currently serves as the Literary Manager for MadLab Theatre, an Artistic Director with Playwrights' Round Table, and a teaching artist with Central Florida Community Arts. She is always on the hunt for new plays to celebrate, produce, and share with her students! Her own creative writing employs magical realism and...
Bethany Dickens is a playwright, actor, and arts advocate from Orlando, Florida. She currently serves as the Literary Manager for MadLab Theatre, an Artistic Director with Playwrights' Round Table, and a teaching artist with Central Florida Community Arts. She is always on the hunt for new plays to celebrate, produce, and share with her students! Her own creative writing employs magical realism and unconventional narrative structures to tell stories about relationships and artistic expression, with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ individuals and themes. Her works have been performed by organizations including Sundog Theatre in New York City, MadLab of Columbus, Ember Women’s Theatre, the Midwest Dramatists Conference, Emerald City Theatre, Funky Little Theatre Company, and as part of the Parragon Play Festival in Chicago. FUSION Theater of Albuquerque selected her short play, “Inevitable” as the 2018 Andaluz Award Winner and also received the Audience Choice Award. Her short play “American Love” won Best Script/Best Overall Show at the “Native Voices” festival of central Florida. Her first full-length play, Exit Wound, was a finalist for the Actors Guild of Parkersburg’s “Giving Voice” Initiative. In 2019, her play The Consciousness premiered at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and went on to win “Best Full-Length Play” at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. In 2019-2020, her full-length, Dark, Dark, Dark, will receive a staged reading from Playwrights’ Round Table and be workshopped at the Mid-America Theatre Conference in Chicago. Her most recent full-length, Phyllis/Philomena, will receive a staged reading at Flexible Grey Theatre in the spring of 2020.

Plays

  • Inevitable
    A data scientist maps out a network to predict the complex twists and turns of one of life's most unfathomable mysteries: love. Either way, this is going to end badly.
  • American Love
    Danny, a high school student in 1984, is struggling to find the perfect words to ask his crush, Lisa to prom. His cynical best friend Tara is skeptical that English-speaking people even have enough words to talk about ‘love,’ with all of its many forms and functions. To illustrate her point, Tara takes the audience on a decades-long journey through Danny’s personal and familial history, ending in a realization...
    Danny, a high school student in 1984, is struggling to find the perfect words to ask his crush, Lisa to prom. His cynical best friend Tara is skeptical that English-speaking people even have enough words to talk about ‘love,’ with all of its many forms and functions. To illustrate her point, Tara takes the audience on a decades-long journey through Danny’s personal and familial history, ending in a realization that the love she and Danny have been looking for is different - and closer - than they expected.
  • Girl
    When Lenora, a competitive swimmer, finds she is being disqualified from a competition because her testosterone levels are unusually high for a woman. This announcement imperils her aspirations as a swimmer and challenges her relationships with friends and family. It also leads Lenora down an introspective look through her life and experiences as a ‘girl.’
  • The White Millennium
    Rob and Anna are cleaning out their house after their divorce when Anna finds an unexpected - and unopened - memento of their past.
  • Just for Context
    Elena is struggling to write a new play, but advice from long-dead writers, belligerent readers, and competing expectations from herself and her parents (i.e.: context) are stifling her creativity. When her best efforts fail, she is forced to confront why she became a writer in the first place.
  • Dark, Dark, Dark
    Nancy and Gena are two middle-aged women who run a semi-famous true crime podcast named 'Dead Meats.' When Nancy's former student, Harri, returns home from college with a terrible - and, possibly, true - crime story, the three women are pulled into a dark narrative of their own.
  • The Chevelle
    Maria is throwing a dinner party when Connor lets it slip that the two are a couple, despite a sizable age difference. As the two argue over what to even call their relationship, they both begin to recognize their time together might be ending.
  • Concordia
    Following an extinction-level event on Earth, the spaceship Concordia is now adrift with two professors - Bea and Carla - completing their mission to upload all of humanity’s knowledge to an AI called Halley; however, oxygen leaks are multiplying and Halley’s understanding of what it means to be ‘human’ is dangerously incomplete. The lines between reality and hallucination are blurred as Bea and Carla struggle...
    Following an extinction-level event on Earth, the spaceship Concordia is now adrift with two professors - Bea and Carla - completing their mission to upload all of humanity’s knowledge to an AI called Halley; however, oxygen leaks are multiplying and Halley’s understanding of what it means to be ‘human’ is dangerously incomplete. The lines between reality and hallucination are blurred as Bea and Carla struggle to complete their task, and Halley attempts to stave off the eventuality that her upload will be complete and she will be turned off. Soon, the professors are given a choice between reality and fantasy - and whether or not ‘fantasy’ has any bearing on what it means to be ‘human.’
  • The Consciousness
    Reece, a struggling music student, visits the digitally-archived consciousness of a dead composer, hoping to coax the composer into writing a symphony that Reece will then pass off as his own. But the composer, Theo Price, struggles to connect to the real world long enough to create something new. To restore Theo's memory, Reece brings him artifacts from the outside world, which then triggers Theo's...
    Reece, a struggling music student, visits the digitally-archived consciousness of a dead composer, hoping to coax the composer into writing a symphony that Reece will then pass off as his own. But the composer, Theo Price, struggles to connect to the real world long enough to create something new. To restore Theo's memory, Reece brings him artifacts from the outside world, which then triggers Theo's memories of past inspirations - primarily, Theo's first serious love affair. Soon the work is finished, but when Reece submits it to his professor, he realizes that Theo has tricked him: the piece isn't new at all, it's a fairly well-known work. Accused of plagiarism and threatened with expulsion - not to mention the destruction of his own love affair - Reece confronts Theo, who argues that this entire process has taught Reece exactly what it means to be a composer - and what it means to be alive.
  • A Logical Seduction
    Skylar is contemplating changing his life for a career move, including cutting his shallow ties with friends and lovers, when his android assistant, Kai, begins acting strangely; specifically, Kai seems to be attempting a seduction. Skylar is confused - and a little panicked - until he realizes the true reason for Kai’s behavior is a belief that a sexual relationship would increase their chances of being taken...
    Skylar is contemplating changing his life for a career move, including cutting his shallow ties with friends and lovers, when his android assistant, Kai, begins acting strangely; specifically, Kai seems to be attempting a seduction. Skylar is confused - and a little panicked - until he realizes the true reason for Kai’s behavior is a belief that a sexual relationship would increase their chances of being taken along on the move. At the conclusion of the play, the seduction has failed, but Skylar is forced to confront the low priority relationships have had in his life, including his very-human relationship with his android.
  • Next Year
    Edie and Steve are meeting at a posh restaurant to celebrate an important anniversary: for exactly twenty-seven years, they have been blissfully divorced. As they reaffirm how happy their lives are without one another, they begin to realize this yearly ritual has created a new and different relationship - which may open up possibilities for the future.
  • Phyllis/Philomena
    In a future where machine-learning AIs select each human’s career, Chester has been chosen for a special task: writing erotic fiction. Chester, however, is not certain whether or not he wants this job, but sticks around to spend time with Andrew, his deliciously attractive next-door-neighbor. When Andrew - a member of an anti-AI resistance movement - asks Chester to fill his lewd stories with anti-AI propaganda...
    In a future where machine-learning AIs select each human’s career, Chester has been chosen for a special task: writing erotic fiction. Chester, however, is not certain whether or not he wants this job, but sticks around to spend time with Andrew, his deliciously attractive next-door-neighbor. When Andrew - a member of an anti-AI resistance movement - asks Chester to fill his lewd stories with anti-AI propaganda, Chester reluctantly agrees. But as Chester actually begins to enjoy his stories, and the company of Phyllis, his robot assistant, his loses sight of this objective. When Phyllis reveals her true intentions and purpose, Chester must make a decision whether to give into statistical inevitability or forge his own path.
  • Sheba
    After taking a hiatus from dating, Kat is eager to jump back into the fray. But after meeting Lenaya, she begins to have doubts about their sexual compatibility, especially since her vibrator - nicknamed “Sheba” - is so fantastic at fulfilling her needs. Feeling left out, Lenaya wants to call things off if Kat can’t be honest about her needs and desires.
  • Over and Out
    Shelley is escaping from her co-quarantined family when she spots an old walkie-talkie. She talks into it, only to find her neighbor and former best friend, Miles, on the other line. The two initially banter about old memories but the reality begins to seep in - especially when Miles renews his unwanted declarations of love for his childhood friend.
  • If We're Not Married By Thirty-Five
    Rylan is getting ready for a date when they get a strange call - Quinn is at the top of the Empire State Building, with a reminder that they made a pact to meet there and get married if they were still single at thirty-five. Annoyed, Rylan begs Quinn to go home and forget about it. Rylan has, unfortunately, forgotten about the deadline, but - faced with yet another night of letdowns - the silly pact begins looking more and more appealing.
  • Doctor Strong
    When superhero Doctor Strong is called into her publicist's office, she is shocked when they ask her to hype up her team's newest - and "first queer" superhero, Agent Change. Doctor Strange is a lesbian, always has been, and kept it a secret at the request of her superiors. Now, she wants the recognition that she has always deserved.
  • Maker
    Tally, a craftsman in a pre-Flood heaven, has just invented the raindrop. He is proud when Ash, a former colleague, rejoins him but Ash has concerns for how the beautiful invention will be used
  • Parade
    Kaley, a nurse, is trying to make a difference during a pandemic, but her boyfriend Levi is proving unable - or unwilling - to step up and help her with her two boys. As the two begin to argue over what is truly important, Kaley begins to feel the burden of her sacrifices - which are being celebrated in a parade for health care workers just outside her window.
  • Lockdown
    Jackie is annoyed with her daughter, Emmie, is late for a Zoom call - and annoyed, in general, that her daughter has been less than communicative during the pandemic lockdown. But strange things begin happening on her daughter's side of the call, Jackie realizes that Emmie has been keeping something terrible from her.
  • In The Real World
    In order to ensure a successful quest, Casey is attempting to draw his friend Levi back into the MMO video game that Levi used to be obsessed with. Levi initially is afraid of his spiraling addiction returning, but Casey makes the point that Levi has too much to lose in this game - including their friendship - to simply walk away.
  • Angel
    Tom is struggling to complete his newest play, but he’s having trouble with the main female character - for years, he’s used Angel as his muse, but times have changed, and she’s locked in a closet. Still, she calls him, a representative symbol of the mythic ‘ideal woman’ across time. Tom eventually releases her, but to a new role: the object of his anger that she is no longer an acceptable representation of the female voice.
  • Eighty-One
    Susan is trying to pull up a video of her kids singing 'Happy Birthday' for her father's eighty-first birthday, but it's difficult given they are quarantined and speaking through a window due to the COVID-19 quarantine. Louis, her father, doesn't make things easier: he's resentful Susan left him at the nursing home and now wants her to break him out.
  • Bird Girl and the Hammer
    As an hellish squid monster wreaks havoc on their city, the superhero known as The Hammer tries to recruit the only hero strong enough to save the world: Bird Girl. But unfortunately, Bird Girl’s signature powers, including flight, aren’t functioning. Convinced this is because of their recent breakup, the Hammer begins a desperate attempt to cheer the hero up, only to find that making someone happy - truly...
    As an hellish squid monster wreaks havoc on their city, the superhero known as The Hammer tries to recruit the only hero strong enough to save the world: Bird Girl. But unfortunately, Bird Girl’s signature powers, including flight, aren’t functioning. Convinced this is because of their recent breakup, the Hammer begins a desperate attempt to cheer the hero up, only to find that making someone happy - truly happy - isn’t as simple as she’d always assumed.