Kimberly Shimer

Kimberly Shimer

Working full-time as the communications director for Villanova University's College of Engineering, I took advantage of free tuition to pursue classes in Villanova's graduate theatre program. I hadn't been near a stage since high school but decided to give it a shot, hoping some community theater roles might be a possibility someday. Amidst the performance courses, I stumbled upon Playwriting 101...
Working full-time as the communications director for Villanova University's College of Engineering, I took advantage of free tuition to pursue classes in Villanova's graduate theatre program. I hadn't been near a stage since high school but decided to give it a shot, hoping some community theater roles might be a possibility someday. Amidst the performance courses, I stumbled upon Playwriting 101 with prolific playwright Michael Hollinger. I fell in love--with playwriting, that is!

Plays

  • Talking Over Tea
    A young woman who has recently survived a suicide attempt desperately wants to talk to her mother about it. Her mother, however, desperately wants to avoid the difficult conversation.
  • Eden 2.0
    Eve, the temptress, cursed both herself and Adam when she insisted he try the fruit from the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden. But what if, in fact, Adam was to blame? What if a lie and a supposed video glitch wrongly convicted Eve, leading to millennia of gender inequality?

    Fast forward a few thousand biblical years to the Command Center in “Almost Heaven,” West Virginia, where Jimmy, an...
    Eve, the temptress, cursed both herself and Adam when she insisted he try the fruit from the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden. But what if, in fact, Adam was to blame? What if a lie and a supposed video glitch wrongly convicted Eve, leading to millennia of gender inequality?

    Fast forward a few thousand biblical years to the Command Center in “Almost Heaven,” West Virginia, where Jimmy, an intern, is recycling earth’s video footage to make room in storage. In the process, he stumbles across evidence that proves it was Adam who broke the rules. When Jimmy involves fellow intern Aundreia, a theology and social justice major who finds her faith in conflict with her commitment to issues of equality, major decisions have to be made. Do they share their discovery with G, placing their trust in Him though He has ignored the plight of women and BIPOC for centuries? Does Aundreia need to renounce her faith and simply bury this newfound knowledge? Or do they allow Carl, the maintenance guy, to submit the tape to AFV, as he’s done successfully with countless videos before?

    When Brantley Deville, the top dog at the Command Center, becomes involved, as does his secretary Peggy, it’s safe to assume all hell will break loose. And when G is forced to make the final decision, what will it mean for the future of humankind?
  • Crazy
    Do crazy people know they’re crazy or do they assume they’re sane? Could you be crazy and not know it, or, if you think you're crazy, does that mean you're sane because crazy people never think they’re crazy?
  • Dear Elsie: Kafka's Letters from a Lost Doll
    It's 1923 Berlin, Franz Kafka and his girlfriend Dora are strolling through Steglitz Park when they encounter Elsie, a little girl who's lost her doll, Lotti. In an effort to cheer her, Kafka tells Elsie that Lotti has gone on an adventure to see the world but as the letter carrier for all the doll mail in the city, he knows that Lotti has written to Elsie of her travels. What follows is three weeks...
    It's 1923 Berlin, Franz Kafka and his girlfriend Dora are strolling through Steglitz Park when they encounter Elsie, a little girl who's lost her doll, Lotti. In an effort to cheer her, Kafka tells Elsie that Lotti has gone on an adventure to see the world but as the letter carrier for all the doll mail in the city, he knows that Lotti has written to Elsie of her travels. What follows is three weeks' worth of letters from Kafka's Lotti to Elsie and an emotional connection he never anticipated.
  • A Ghost of a Chance
    Evelyn has been killed by lightning, which, as an obsessive know-it-all, she could tell you the odds of happening. Her husband Harry, who’d been miserable for the past three decades of their marriage, decides he’s ready to find love again and turns to online dating, but Sidney, a less-than-compassionate representative of the After Life Data Center, sends Evelyn back to earth in spectral form with a mandate to...
    Evelyn has been killed by lightning, which, as an obsessive know-it-all, she could tell you the odds of happening. Her husband Harry, who’d been miserable for the past three decades of their marriage, decides he’s ready to find love again and turns to online dating, but Sidney, a less-than-compassionate representative of the After Life Data Center, sends Evelyn back to earth in spectral form with a mandate to reconcile with Harry before she can move on to her final resting place.

    Their reconciliation moves along in (mostly) fits and (occasional) starts, but ultimately reaches a climax when Evelyn's flirtatious friend Ann, Harry's friend Dave, and Evelyn's and Harry's daughter Jenny visit in the waning minutes of Evelyn’s allotted time on earth. Things get out of hand when Harry has to manage multiple conversations, one taking place with someone the others can’t see.

    The stress proves to be too much for Harry, who collapses and is given the choice between living—going back to his daughter and friends—or dying—and continuing on with Evelyn, with whom he’s finally rediscovered love.