Margo Rife

Margo Rife

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. Learned the value of storytelling from the Irish community. Fueled by a strong imagination from a young age. Educated at UW Madison where the love of literature was nurtured. Instructed in dramatic writing at Chicago Dramatists. Honed skills with help of two exceptional local writing groups.

Once in a Whale was developed at Chicago Dramatists in...
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. Learned the value of storytelling from the Irish community. Fueled by a strong imagination from a young age. Educated at UW Madison where the love of literature was nurtured. Instructed in dramatic writing at Chicago Dramatists. Honed skills with help of two exceptional local writing groups.

Once in a Whale was developed at Chicago Dramatists in their Play in Progress Class.My instructor was June Pyskacek the founding member of Victory Gardens Theater. A scene from the play was chosen to be in the Chicago Dramatists Student Showcase of Plays. Francis Limoncelli of Timeline Theatre was the director. Jeff Award actor Jason Kaye played Pinocchio.

Further development was through The New Plays Coop in Lincoln Park. Table reads with actors from Chicago Shakespeare Theater were available.

The play has been work shopped at LaGrange Writers Group. Key scenes were given a table read and critique by TWS Playwrights Group. Script Review provided by resident playwright Rob Koon of Chicago Dramatists.

The Wolf at the Library Door was chosen to be part of a new initiative at Theatre of Western Springs. The Collaboration Project 2018 paired up directors and playwrights after a "speed dating style" scenario. The end result was a staged reading by the actors from TWS. Critiques were based on Liz Lerman's System.
Rewrites after the project resulted in a production at TWS in the New Plays Festival.

As God is My Witness was chosen to be part of the Reclamation Project by MOJOAA Performing Arts. The monologue was read from the steps of the largest plantation in Mordecai Historic Park.

The Zero Tolerance Project at Theatre of Western Springs is in an exploratory phase. The outcome of this venture will hopefully be a staged production tackling immigration. Our recent group visit to Lincoln Methodist Church in Pilsen introduced us to a community struggling with deportations. The resulting 10-minute play is titled Another Brick in the Wall.

Finished my second full-length play called Last MEow at the Kitten Klub. It 's a ME TOO Play set in 1963 NYC.
Three of the female characters are based on the classic roles of women in Horror movies: First Girl to get killed, Middle Girl and the Final Girl.

Currently working on a full-length play titled Hang in there, Hamlet. The play is based on a theatrical turning point in a Peter Hall production in the sixties. A main character with ADD tendencies will be explored.

Finally, I am currently drawn to small word count and enjoy writing flash fiction. Some of these micro fiction pieces end in play script ideas. Not Goodnight Shark, however. Sharks on stage never a good idea.

Grateful for every day that I can put words to a page and develop a character.




Plays

  • Greetings from Jubilee
    Candy Hobson is anticipating the best year of her life. She’s close to reaching her career goal at Jubilee Cards. Candy is being considered to head up her own line of cards. Perhaps this will be the year her romantic aspirations will finally be met. Yes, life is good for Candy but sometimes the sweet smell of success can offer unexpected surprises.
  • With God as My Witness
    Monologue for theme of reclamation. A grandfather meets/greets his new grandson and makes a startling discovery.
  • Once in a Whale
    Can you have gossamer wings and still be a bad-ass? The Blue Fairy fearlessly takes on Captain Ahab and his toxic masculinity, Jean-Paul Sartre and his biting barbs, Biblical drama-queen Jonah and the alpha whale Monstro.

    But all her meddling and intervention is putting her friend (lover?) Pinocchio at risk.

    This delightful group of characters from literature all have their fates...
    Can you have gossamer wings and still be a bad-ass? The Blue Fairy fearlessly takes on Captain Ahab and his toxic masculinity, Jean-Paul Sartre and his biting barbs, Biblical drama-queen Jonah and the alpha whale Monstro.

    But all her meddling and intervention is putting her friend (lover?) Pinocchio at risk.

    This delightful group of characters from literature all have their fates turn on an encounter with a whale. Who will escape the whale belly unharmed and unchanged?
  • The Wolf at the Library Door
    (short one-act) Welcome to possibly the last week of the last library in America.

    Ssshh. Don’t tell the staff. They are carrying on business as usual. However, when Gabbi Brooks from the TV show The Gabbi Files knocks on their door extinction events are set in motion. She plans to close this chapter of American history—the publicly-funded social institution.