Rita Anderson

Rita Anderson

Rita Anderson, a published and an award-winning playwright, has an MFA Creative Writing and an MA Playwriting. A national winner at Kennedy Center (KCACTF), she went on scholarship to the O’Neill. Frantic is the Carousel was the National Partners American Theatre nominee, and Rita won the Ken Ludwig Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center for “Best Body of Work.” She has had numerous productions and...
Rita Anderson, a published and an award-winning playwright, has an MFA Creative Writing and an MA Playwriting. A national winner at Kennedy Center (KCACTF), she went on scholarship to the O’Neill. Frantic is the Carousel was the National Partners American Theatre nominee, and Rita won the Ken Ludwig Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center for “Best Body of Work.” She has had numerous productions and publications, worldwide, to include Final Conversations and Early Liberty, “Best-Selling Plays” (www.offthewallplays.com), and two books of poetry, The Entropy of Rocketman, and Watched Pots (A Lovesong to Motherhood), both of which have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Rita is theatre faculty at Interlochen (Co-Director Theatre Ensemble & Acting Intensive), and she is on the International Center for Women Playwrights (ICWP) Social Media Team. Contact Rita through her website: www.rita-anderson.com

Plays

  • Final Conversations
    Final Conversations explores a Mother’s wish to have one real conversation with her Son before he’s accidentally killed. --One morning before school she suddenly knows that he has an hour to live. With a kitchen-sink approach she attempts to get it “right,” using often absurd methods to reach him, none of which alters destiny.
  • Early Liberty
    When Mark Haywood follows the beacon into Lighthouse Cove nothing is what it seems. But if Mark’s world is falling apart—despite increasingly-frantic efforts to keep it together, then the hotel proprietor and his family need a special kind of rescue from each other. Just what will it take for Selma to grow up and for Mark to wake up? Can these dueling opposites save the hotel and find a way to be together? Set...
    When Mark Haywood follows the beacon into Lighthouse Cove nothing is what it seems. But if Mark’s world is falling apart—despite increasingly-frantic efforts to keep it together, then the hotel proprietor and his family need a special kind of rescue from each other. Just what will it take for Selma to grow up and for Mark to wake up? Can these dueling opposites save the hotel and find a way to be together? Set in 1985 on the Atlantic shore, Early Liberty explores the limits and boundlessness of love and hope, and the darker side of what it means to dream.

    “Life is about paying attention to the right things,” but what happens when the people and places you consider safe aren’t? What is “safe” and who spells “Home”? Early Liberty is a play about false fronts and true love, about crossed wires and yardsticks we never measure up to.
  • Frantic is the Carousel
    When a rock is dropped from a bridge near a university, the worlds of three “couples” who are all somehow affiliated with the college are forced into collision and, as the tragic details unfold, an alarming degree of overlap is revealed. --Differences (in gender, age, sexual orientation, and social status) affect who we are, but are any of us as unique as we hope or as alone as we fear? Or are our lives more...
    When a rock is dropped from a bridge near a university, the worlds of three “couples” who are all somehow affiliated with the college are forced into collision and, as the tragic details unfold, an alarming degree of overlap is revealed. --Differences (in gender, age, sexual orientation, and social status) affect who we are, but are any of us as unique as we hope or as alone as we fear? Or are our lives more intertwined than seems possible, and just how random is circumstance?

    Frantic is the Carousel is what might happen if characters like Albee’s George and Martha were lost in O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night—but with the roles reversed, and as told from a female perspective. Action spans one day.
  • Gliders
    Gliders is set in 1969 during the 9 days of the Apollo moon landing mission, and the historical event is a backdrop for exploration of all kinds for three generations of women who are trapped by time and place. But, the women are also bound by family tradition and the roles each is forced to play--to include maintaining an unholy covenant of silence about abuse.

    A riveting drama that revolves...
    Gliders is set in 1969 during the 9 days of the Apollo moon landing mission, and the historical event is a backdrop for exploration of all kinds for three generations of women who are trapped by time and place. But, the women are also bound by family tradition and the roles each is forced to play--to include maintaining an unholy covenant of silence about abuse.

    A riveting drama that revolves around the story of LESLIE, a budding lesbian who is obsessed with the glider planes the Allies used in WWII, Gliders also shows what it feels like to be lost in space in a changing world as the female cast “glides” into and out of reality and the present. The play is especially relevant now because 2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo mission.
  • Saint Somebody
    When an African-American “deserter” wanders into the camp of the Irish Brigade near Gettysburg, conflicts intensify, but the soldier carries with him an old statue that his family calls “Saint Somebody,” since they don’t know her real name. Based on real events at The Wheatfield, Saint Somebody suggests one solution as to how the Brigade of 600 held back Confederate troops for three days when they were...
    When an African-American “deserter” wanders into the camp of the Irish Brigade near Gettysburg, conflicts intensify, but the soldier carries with him an old statue that his family calls “Saint Somebody,” since they don’t know her real name. Based on real events at The Wheatfield, Saint Somebody suggests one solution as to how the Brigade of 600 held back Confederate troops for three days when they were outnumbered by thousands. What the Irish Brigade needed—and found—was a miracle.

    A play about the women and other unsung heroes in the Civil War, Saint Somebody explores a part of history that has not been dramatized. It confronts the brutalities of war (to include behind-the-battlefield issues), and the characters demonstrate love’s resilience and the necessity of hope to keep the spirit alive in dire straits.
  • Frantic is the Carousel
    When a rock is dropped from a bridge near a university, the worlds of three “couples” who are all somehow affiliated with the college are forced into collision and, as the tragic details unfold, an alarming degree of overlap is revealed. --Differences (in gender, age, sexual orientation, and social status) affect who we are, but are any of us as unique as we hope or as alone as we fear? Or are our lives more...
    When a rock is dropped from a bridge near a university, the worlds of three “couples” who are all somehow affiliated with the college are forced into collision and, as the tragic details unfold, an alarming degree of overlap is revealed. --Differences (in gender, age, sexual orientation, and social status) affect who we are, but are any of us as unique as we hope or as alone as we fear? Or are our lives more intertwined than seems possible, and just how random is circumstance?

    Frantic is the Carousel is what might happen if characters like Albee’s George and Martha were lost in O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night—but with the roles reversed, and as told from a female perspective. Action spans one day.