Bethany Dickens

Bethany Dickens

Bethany Dickens is a playwright, actor, and arts advocate from Orlando, Florida. Her 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 at MadLab of Columbus, The Actors Guild of Parkersburg, FUSION Theatre in Albuquerque, Emerald City...
Bethany Dickens is a playwright, actor, and arts advocate from Orlando, Florida. Her 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 at MadLab of Columbus, The Actors Guild of Parkersburg, FUSION Theatre in Albuquerque, Emerald City Theatre in Memphis, Funky Little Theatre Company in Colorado Springs, and at the “Native Voices” festival of central Florida. Fusion Theater of Albuquerque selected her short play, “Inevitable” as the 2018 Andaluz Award Winner and the piece received critical acclaim for its groundbreaking structure and energetic style. Her first full-length play, Exit Wound, was a finalist for the Actors Guild of Parkersburg’s Give Voice Initiative and also received a partial reading as part of the University of Cincinnati’s Summer Playwriting Workshop.

Plays

  • Exit Wound
    James Lloyd, a student attending Catholic seminary in Washington, D.C., finds his ordination in jeopardy when he is accused of committing a hate crime. This is especially difficult for James, who seeks to belong to a community of priests, even though this has meant concealing the fact that he is gay. His former foster brother Matthew - a children's book author with a savior complex - shows up to help James...
    James Lloyd, a student attending Catholic seminary in Washington, D.C., finds his ordination in jeopardy when he is accused of committing a hate crime. This is especially difficult for James, who seeks to belong to a community of priests, even though this has meant concealing the fact that he is gay. His former foster brother Matthew - a children's book author with a savior complex - shows up to help James prepare for his disciplinary committee hearing and possible court case. As they begin working together, James and Matthew slip into old habits that threaten to undo everything James has worked for at seminary. What makes matters worse is that James finds is difficult to repent of his crime and must choose between the community he wishes to belong to, and the dysfunctional family he left behind.
  • Captain Alien
    Brothers Clarence and Gad Doffer - indie filmmakers with a few critically-acclaimed movies under their belts - are invited to step up to the 'big leagues,' writing and directing a superhero movie adaptation about the popular hero, "Captain Alien." Unfortunately, they have procrastinated all the way up to the deadline, which falls during their annual family vacation, and they come face-to-...
    Brothers Clarence and Gad Doffer - indie filmmakers with a few critically-acclaimed movies under their belts - are invited to step up to the 'big leagues,' writing and directing a superhero movie adaptation about the popular hero, "Captain Alien." Unfortunately, they have procrastinated all the way up to the deadline, which falls during their annual family vacation, and they come face-to-face with a major storytelling issue: Captain Alien is perfect, the product of 1930s optimism and can-do-ism. As the Doffer brothers struggle with their adaption, they conscript family members, analyze their own failings, and build themselves a world between fantasy and reality, all in search of the perfect foible.
  • 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.
  • Conversation Twenty-One
    When Annie, a college acquaintance, shows up unexpectedly, Elizabeth tries to imagine what Annie might want. As Elizabeth does a mental run-through of their twenty-or-so conversations, conducted over the course of twenty years, she sees that Annie made a bigger imprint on her life than she first realized.