Gwen Flager

Gwen Flager

Gwen Flager is a Houston based playwright, raised in the Deep South. Waiting To Be Mended, her first full-length fictional play, was presented in the 2009 New Play Reading Series at Country Playhouse and produced by Theatre Suburbia in 2010. In Flight, a 10-minute play, was produced at the Fifth Annual Museum Plays by Scriptwriters Houston in 2012. Jornada del Muerto, a 10-minute play, was produced at the...
Gwen Flager is a Houston based playwright, raised in the Deep South. Waiting To Be Mended, her first full-length fictional play, was presented in the 2009 New Play Reading Series at Country Playhouse and produced by Theatre Suburbia in 2010. In Flight, a 10-minute play, was produced at the Fifth Annual Museum Plays by Scriptwriters Houston in 2012. Jornada del Muerto, a 10-minute play, was produced at the 25th Annual Scriptwriters Houston 10 x 10 Showcase in 2015 and presented at the Midwest Dramatists Conference in September 2017. Mother’s Day and Tattoos and Tater were presented in the New Play Reading Series/New Works Series at Queensbury Theatre, formerly Country Playhouse, in Houston in 2011 and 2016, respectively. Shakin’ the Blue Flamingo, formerly Girls Who Sing in the Choir, was presented in the New Works Series at Queensbury Theatre in Houston in 2017, and was subsequently selected for the 2017 - 2018 New Works Development Program at Queensbury Theatre. Shakin’ the Blue Flamingo was produced by Queensbury Theatre in July 2018. Ms. Flager is a member of Scriptwriters/Houston and the Dramatists Guild of America.

Plays

  • Shakin' the Blue Flamingo
    Shakin’ the Blue Flamingo is the story of seven lovely, and often cantankerous, Southern lesbians who 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...
    Shakin’ the Blue Flamingo is the story of seven lovely, and often cantankerous, Southern lesbians who 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.