Pamela Turner

Pamela Turner

Pamela Turner is a playwright with credits in the U.S, Germany, Guam, and Ireland. Selected U.S productions include Free-Dum (devised), commissioned for Alliance Theatre’s 2013 Civil War (Collision) Project; Burning Man, Circle Ensemble Theatre Company (2012); Hidden Man, 7 Stages Theatre (2012) and UGA University Theatre (2011); Voices Deux, Atelier Stage New Play Series (2007); Cosmeticos, Center for Puppetry...
Pamela Turner is a playwright with credits in the U.S, Germany, Guam, and Ireland. Selected U.S productions include Free-Dum (devised), commissioned for Alliance Theatre’s 2013 Civil War (Collision) Project; Burning Man, Circle Ensemble Theatre Company (2012); Hidden Man, 7 Stages Theatre (2012) and UGA University Theatre (2011); Voices Deux, Atelier Stage New Play Series (2007); Cosmeticos, Center for Puppetry Arts XPT Adult Series (2006); Funny Valentine, LiveWire Theatre, Chicago (2005), Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA (2004), also winner American Theatre Co-op Playwriting Award (2006); The Lady and The Poet, commissioned/produced by Theatre Gael (1999) and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA (2003); Valentines Day, Pulse Theatre Ensemble (2001). Selected one-act play productions: The Further Adventures of Louise Heavingbodice, Independent Actors Theatre(2011); The Judas Gospel, Chester Horn Festival (2009); Male Man, Chester Horn Festival and winner “Outstanding Playwright” (2008), and also finalist for Heideman Award (2004). FACES, commissioned by 7 Stages Theatre (2008), was also a competition semi-finalist at Multi Stages-NYC (2014) and competition finalist at Red Theater Chicago (2012). Other commissions include Frijoles on the Side (Fly-By Theatre, 2006) and Voices (1996 Cultural Olympiad). Turner is Atlanta Regional Rep for The Dramatists Guild; Artistic Director, multiShades.atlanta; and Director of Theatre/Film, Ben Franklin Academy-Emory.

Plays

  • Burning Man
    On the eve of a murderer’s execution, the prosecuting attorney asks her former boyfriend as a minister to help wait it out over a gourmet dinner at a nearby restaurant. Expecting his spiritual guidance, she discovers that he has left the church after a strange loss of faith during a sojourn in the Nevada desert. Further, in the near-empty dining room, their increasingly sinister waiter seems intent on...
    On the eve of a murderer’s execution, the prosecuting attorney asks her former boyfriend as a minister to help wait it out over a gourmet dinner at a nearby restaurant. Expecting his spiritual guidance, she discovers that he has left the church after a strange loss of faith during a sojourn in the Nevada desert. Further, in the near-empty dining room, their increasingly sinister waiter seems intent on orchestrating what becomes very much like a ritualistic “last supper”. In the meantime, outside events begin to build as the wife of the murder victim shows up to engage in a surprising anti-execution demonstration and her teen-age daughter comes soon after to stage a noisy counter-demonstration along with an odd free-spirit researcher from the CDC who sets about re-creating the infamous Burning Man celebration right in the middle of everything. In response, the attorney gets taken up with the extravagant meal and the ex-minister is pulled into the center of the action outside. The crowd begins to construct a giant wooden effigy of a man as news starts to circulate suggesting the possibility of a last-minute reprieve for the condemned man. Burning Man is a play about the treacherous ground between living out a moral philosophy and answering the provocative call of retribution. Running time 90 minutes without intermission.