Elizabeth Coplan

Elizabeth Coplan

Elizabeth Coplan is a 40+ year PR and Marketing veteran. Her professional and life experiences in numerous cities throughout the U.S., including New York City, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Seattle, create an unending library of writing topics and has earned her several awards.

Her first produced play, Hospice: A Love Story, is the cornerstone of her project, The Grief Dialogues. The mission of...
Elizabeth Coplan is a 40+ year PR and Marketing veteran. Her professional and life experiences in numerous cities throughout the U.S., including New York City, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Seattle, create an unending library of writing topics and has earned her several awards.

Her first produced play, Hospice: A Love Story, is the cornerstone of her project, The Grief Dialogues. The mission of The Grief Dialogues is to instruct, enhance and encourage deeper, more fulfilling conversations on the subject of dying, death and grief. The spirit of her project is one of celebration, humor and openness.

Plays

  • Over My Dead Body
    When Lucy returns to her mother, Mary’s, retirement home in Southern California, she knows it’s to prepare her mother to die. Although the whole family joyously gathered for Mary’s 75th birthday just months before, Lucy accepts that her mother’s cancer has returned, and it’s up to her to coordinate a "good death." Lucy’s younger sister Anne has also arrived to provide comfort to Mary in her final...
    When Lucy returns to her mother, Mary’s, retirement home in Southern California, she knows it’s to prepare her mother to die. Although the whole family joyously gathered for Mary’s 75th birthday just months before, Lucy accepts that her mother’s cancer has returned, and it’s up to her to coordinate a "good death." Lucy’s younger sister Anne has also arrived to provide comfort to Mary in her final days but disagrees with Lucy’s promotion of medical-aid-in-dying, although her disagreement is not the same as Mary’s new husband Michael, who disagrees on religious grounds. Lucy’s organized, professional demeanor begins to crack under the weight of her family’s competing objectives from controlling Mary’s pain medication to last-minute changes to the will and the uncovering of a 40-year-old secret. When Lucy finally gains a semblance of exhausted control, Mary shares with her and Anne one more secret, and it’s clear that Lucy alone must decide whether to tell the rest of the family or not.
  • Hospice: A Love Story
    HOSPICE: A LOVE STORY is a darkly comic look at our faulty memories and childhood transgressions. It follows two sisters the day after their mother’s death. Although both women were in the room, they remember alarmingly different outcomes of their mother’s care and her final days. Anne goes to confession for the first time in 42 years. Her sister Betsy heads to the therapist’s office. Individually they...
    HOSPICE: A LOVE STORY is a darkly comic look at our faulty memories and childhood transgressions. It follows two sisters the day after their mother’s death. Although both women were in the room, they remember alarmingly different outcomes of their mother’s care and her final days. Anne goes to confession for the first time in 42 years. Her sister Betsy heads to the therapist’s office. Individually they explore their grief. Together they weave in the memories of their childhoods and their specific, yet opposing, recollections of their mother's death.

Recommended by Elizabeth Coplan

  • STILL LIFE
    29 Sep. 2015
    I have now seen this play twice. The expression of grief is raw and identifiable whether you have experienced a loss via terrorism or illness or accident. Still Life demonstrates how grief can throw two people together with no desire to part, until grief starts to change, ever so slightly, and life must go on. I recommend it and would add that it is easily staged and a powerful discussion piece about the suddenness of death and unset of grief (this applies to any death, no matter how slow in coming).