Marjorie Bicknell

Marjorie Bicknell

Marjorie Bicknell holds an M.A. in Speech/Theatre from Northwestern University.
She is the author of an award-winning adaptation of Frankenstein, Joint Custody, The Family Room and The Boys Club, which was a 2012 TNT Pops! National Play Contest winner. Marjorie was the 2003 Pennsylvania Playwright and is the founder of the Playwrights Alliance of Pennsylvania. She is president emeritus of the...
Marjorie Bicknell holds an M.A. in Speech/Theatre from Northwestern University.
She is the author of an award-winning adaptation of Frankenstein, Joint Custody, The Family Room and The Boys Club, which was a 2012 TNT Pops! National Play Contest winner. Marjorie was the 2003 Pennsylvania Playwright and is the founder of the Playwrights Alliance of Pennsylvania. She is president emeritus of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center, and Philadelphia Regional Rep of the Dramatists Guild of America.

When not writing plays, Marjorie is a Creative Director, Copywriter and Owner of Bicknell Creative, an advertising creative services boutique. She has won 40 awards for her work including an Echo, a Mobius and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Direct Marketing Association.

Plays

  • Frankenstein
    Full Length. Victor Frankenstein is discovered on the frozen arctic ice by explorer, Robert Walton. The tale he tells of creating "a new Adam" and what transpired as a result is more chilling than icy weather they face.
  • The Family Room
    Full Length. Joe can’t face the result of his action. Agnes can’t find a way to stand up to her mother. Angeline can’t forget what her stepfather did for her. Rose can’t face what she’s done to her daughters. Bernice can’t face life alone. They are all waiting together outside Intensive Care – in a room dubbed “The Family Lounge.’ They are waiting for the precious 15-minute “visiting hour,” and the answers...
    Full Length. Joe can’t face the result of his action. Agnes can’t find a way to stand up to her mother. Angeline can’t forget what her stepfather did for her. Rose can’t face what she’s done to her daughters. Bernice can’t face life alone. They are all waiting together outside Intensive Care – in a room dubbed “The Family Lounge.’ They are waiting for the precious 15-minute “visiting hour,” and the answers that only their loved ones – suspended between life and death – can provide. While they wait, closely guarded secrets are revealed, barriers come down and for one short moment in time give lonely people form a family of their own.
  • The Boys Club
    Full Length. Randy Clooney is in heck of a jam. He’s a homosexual who runs a boys club and he’s accused of murdering 14 boys. Enter Jill Bennett, a young lawyer with a chip on her shoulder and a close connection to Randy. Forced to take Randy’s case by her boss, she arrives believing the worst. She doesn’t want the case, but Randy is sure she’s the only one for the job. Will she do it? Can she prove his...
    Full Length. Randy Clooney is in heck of a jam. He’s a homosexual who runs a boys club and he’s accused of murdering 14 boys. Enter Jill Bennett, a young lawyer with a chip on her shoulder and a close connection to Randy. Forced to take Randy’s case by her boss, she arrives believing the worst. She doesn’t want the case, but Randy is sure she’s the only one for the job. Will she do it? Can she prove his innocence even when she has trouble believing in him herself?
  • Rough Draft
    Full Length. Nobody thinks Katie Berkebeiner has what it takes to make it in the theater. Not her parents back on their Pennsylvania farm. Not her college teachers. Not the people she auditions for over and over again. Even the members of the theater company she founded are finding success and leaving her behind. So can Katie transform herself into K. T. Berkebeiner, playwright? Or is she doomed to wind up back on the farm forever?
  • 2029
    Peggy and Linda, a pair of retired teachers are leading a quiet life in Trump's America, 13 years after the 2016 presidential election. Then on a quiet Sunday morning, they meet two people: a little girl with a big secret and their new next door neighbor. Secrets will be revealed ... and secrets are a very bad thing when you live in a racist dictatorship.
  • Carmaggedon
    One Act. A young woman has lost her job, her fiancee, and her dog. All she wants to do is take a little break and go on a discounted vacation. But first, she needs an oil change. She goes to the most trusted place she knows - her Car Club. What could possibly go wrong?
  • A Date with Jesus
    10-Minute. Linda takes her Pastor's advice and goes on a date with Jesus to her local coffee shop with surprising results.
  • Another Conversation
    10-Minute. Gertrude and Ophelia meet in heaven, hell or someplace else entirely and attempt to come to an understanding about the parts they played in Hamlet's tragedy.
  • Discovery
    10-Minute. A lawyer faces an ethical dilemma when evidence in a case he's handling cuts too close to home.
  • Dora's Dynamic Dates
    10-Minute. Two lonely people discover they are the only attendees of a speed dating event run by a computerized program.
  • The Lucky Piece
    10-Minute. Sam longs for nothing more than for her father to take pride in her decision to follow in his footsteps. But is she willing to sacrifice a treasured family heirloom to learn if he does?
  • Sondheim Syndrome
    10-Minute. The newest agent in a real estate office can only communicate through singing show tunes.
  • Writer's Block
    Maggie thinks she is a promising playwright with a hard deadline and a bad case of writer's block. But she could be a newlywed dying of cancer. Or maybe a character in someone else's play. Her husband claims he knows which is true, but then again...
  • The Lumpp Family Reunion
    A couple's marriage falls apart amid recriminations following an accident.
  • Carolee's Closet
    10-Minute. Carolee's mother can't let go. If she had her way, Carolee would live with her in her house
    forever. Carolee has other plans, and she's been quietly amassing all the things she needs to have
    a fulfilling life of her own. They are hidden in the back of her closet where no one will find them.
    But M om has a tendency to clean everything, even the darkest corner of the deepest closet.
  • The Feline Optometrist
    Short. A femme fatale enlists a world-weary private eye in the hunt for the only man who can repair her cat's eyeglasses.