Gwen Flager

Gwen Flager

Gwen Flager is a storyteller, who grew up in Louisiana and Alabama. Most of her stories have a Southern flavor and embrace strong unconventional and often cantankerous women of this region. Waiting To Be Mended and Shakin' the Blue Flamingo, full length plays, were produced in Houston, Texas, as well as her 10-minute plays, In Flight and Jornada del Muerto. Her plays have additionally been produced and/...
Gwen Flager is a storyteller, who grew up in Louisiana and Alabama. Most of her stories have a Southern flavor and embrace strong unconventional and often cantankerous women of this region. Waiting To Be Mended and Shakin' the Blue Flamingo, full length plays, were produced in Houston, Texas, as well as her 10-minute plays, In Flight and Jornada del Muerto. Her plays have additionally been produced and/or presented in reading festivals in California, Kansas and Louisiana. Gwen is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Plays

  • Shakin' the Blue Flamingo
    Seven lovely, and often cantankerous, Southern lesbians volunteer to plan the first LGBT prom for the local high school in the Deep South. The thirty years of life since college has not dulled the jealousy and unrequited love of a few of the old friends. A successful sorority sister returns to town determined to rekindle the romance of the woman she has loved all of her life. As prom night arrives, plans...
    Seven lovely, and often cantankerous, Southern lesbians volunteer to plan the first LGBT prom for the local high school in the Deep South. The thirty years of life since college has not dulled the jealousy and unrequited love of a few of the old friends. A successful sorority sister returns to town determined to rekindle the romance of the woman she has loved all of her life. As prom night arrives, plans unravel, infidelities are revealed and the sorority sisters are forced to confront their fears and unspoken dreams.
  • Sing Me to the Other Side
    The May 14, 1961, Mother's Day celebration in Bynum, Alabama, planned by the adult children of Lorean Stephens, is overshadowed by the attack of white supremacists on a Greyhound bus bound for Anniston, carrying not only Freedom Riders, but also Lorean's youngest daughter. The convictions of the Stephens' family are put to the test when plans unravel, secrets are revealed and the stranded bus is...
    The May 14, 1961, Mother's Day celebration in Bynum, Alabama, planned by the adult children of Lorean Stephens, is overshadowed by the attack of white supremacists on a Greyhound bus bound for Anniston, carrying not only Freedom Riders, but also Lorean's youngest daughter. The convictions of the Stephens' family are put to the test when plans unravel, secrets are revealed and the stranded bus is firebombed on the side of the road. No one is prepared for the impact of the hate and injustice growing in Calhoun County. Lorean Stephens will always remember this Mother’s Day.
  • Waiting to be Mended
    Glorie Whitman, a middle-aged Southern woman, struggles to sustain a childless marriage to a man driven by the opinions and values of a fundamentalist pastor and his flock. Glorie, haunted to locate the child of her deceased sister, suspects the new boarder at her home is that child. Elmer, Glorie’s husband, suspects the boarder, Melissa, is gay and attacks her when he sees her dance with another woman in the...
    Glorie Whitman, a middle-aged Southern woman, struggles to sustain a childless marriage to a man driven by the opinions and values of a fundamentalist pastor and his flock. Glorie, haunted to locate the child of her deceased sister, suspects the new boarder at her home is that child. Elmer, Glorie’s husband, suspects the boarder, Melissa, is gay and attacks her when he sees her dance with another woman in the empty church parking lot. Glorie vows to protect Melissa and defies Elmer. Elmer violently assaults Melissa when he is rejected by Glorie. Melissa survives the assault and returns to Glorie’s home.
  • Tattoos and Tater
    Opal Jones, a “gonna-have-it-my-way” Texas woman, ruthlessly pursues an “old maid” clerk in her grocery store to marry her only son, Duane. When Opal realizes that Charley, the “old maid” clerk, has no interest in marrying Duane or any other man, she inflicts her wrath on Charley and her family by financing the theft of Charley’s dog and threatening closure of the tattoo parlor. Duane rescues Tater and...
    Opal Jones, a “gonna-have-it-my-way” Texas woman, ruthlessly pursues an “old maid” clerk in her grocery store to marry her only son, Duane. When Opal realizes that Charley, the “old maid” clerk, has no interest in marrying Duane or any other man, she inflicts her wrath on Charley and her family by financing the theft of Charley’s dog and threatening closure of the tattoo parlor. Duane rescues Tater and escapes the clutches of his mother. Opal, determined to prevail at all costs, is stopped by a force far greater than herself.
  • Jornada del Muerto
    A good Samaritan stops to help a beaten, bruised and bloodied man struggling to rise from a busy urban sidewalk. Having aided this undeterred broken soul on his last journey, the Samaritan is unexpectedly comforted by the Christ-like man.
  • In Flight
    Edgar, a Texas gentleman, restlessly views bird prints at a museum. Fern, an avid bird watcher, tries to enjoy the same print and notices Edgar’s discomfort. As introductions are made, it becomes clear that Edgar, a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited, and Fern, a lifetime member of the Aubudon Society, view birds from very different perspectives. Common ground is reached as they discover the beauty of quail.
  • O The Wild Charge
    Two years after Alice died, her sister contacts Peggy, Alice’s old friend, to demand the return of Alice’s ashes. Peggy braces for Lana’s arrival and the ensuing battle over Alice’s ashes and her Rolex. Lana, on the verge of a divorce, is determined to take what she believes is hers. Peggy and Lana battle over Alice's life and the dark memories. The wake of destruction left by Alice as she raced with...
    Two years after Alice died, her sister contacts Peggy, Alice’s old friend, to demand the return of Alice’s ashes. Peggy braces for Lana’s arrival and the ensuing battle over Alice’s ashes and her Rolex. Lana, on the verge of a divorce, is determined to take what she believes is hers. Peggy and Lana battle over Alice's life and the dark memories. The wake of destruction left by Alice as she raced with drugs and alcohol propels Peggy and Lana to finally share the price each paid to love her.