Ashley Edwards

Ashley Edwards

Ashley Edwards is a professor of theatre and subject coordinator at Northwest Arkansas Community College. She is also the Region VI Chair for the National Playwriting Program through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Her plays have been produced at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta, the Theatre Squared Arkansas New Play Festival, the University of Arkansas, and other regional theatres....
Ashley Edwards is a professor of theatre and subject coordinator at Northwest Arkansas Community College. She is also the Region VI Chair for the National Playwriting Program through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Her plays have been produced at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta, the Theatre Squared Arkansas New Play Festival, the University of Arkansas, and other regional theatres. She wrote a play in partnership with Trike Theatre and Walton Arts Center that received an Innovation Grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance. The play is entitled, "Bear State of Mind" and is intented for K-2nd grade audiences to teach them about Arkansas folklore and geography. It is performed annually at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas as part of the Colgate Classroom Series. She also writes poetry and her poem, “Centre” will be published in the fall edition of the Tule Review at the Sacramento Poetry Center. She received her BA in English from Louisiana Tech University and her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Arkansas where she was the recipient of the Carrie Louise Hamilton Playwriting Scholarship. She has been married since 2000 to artist Ben Edwards. They have four children and live in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Plays

  • The Flying Bed
    The play provides a cutting-edge perspective on the pressures on women to become mothers and the expectations of perfection that it requires in our contemporary society. It closely follows an expecting mother, who paints only in secret, through her complicated relationship with a circle of friends and her imaginary dreamworld composed of paintings and conversations with Frida Kahlo. The play experiments with...
    The play provides a cutting-edge perspective on the pressures on women to become mothers and the expectations of perfection that it requires in our contemporary society. It closely follows an expecting mother, who paints only in secret, through her complicated relationship with a circle of friends and her imaginary dreamworld composed of paintings and conversations with Frida Kahlo. The play experiments with form in order to convey poetic moments theatrically.
  • Bear State of Mind
    Separated from his family, Bear travels the state of Arkansas where he meets new friends, Owl, Mockingbird and Woodpecker. His journey leads him through three of Arkansas’ geographic regions, and uncovers native wildlife, folklore and symbols.
  • Medea's Bluff
    An adaptation that is based loosely on the story of the first woman in Arkansas to be executed by lethal injection. It is set around Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
  • The Red Zone
    An eccentric couple damages a Suburban Wal-Mart tomato sauce isle in an existential and hunger-inspired argument about gender roles on Halloween night.
  • Andromeda On A Tuesday
    An artist and a model discover a painful and beautiful layer to their relationship that they have never broached before when the artist's chooses to draw from the myth of Andromeda.
  • #Redacted
    This short play takes place in a gallery space that holds an installation of blacked out process food boxes Bentonville, Arkansas; home of Walmart and one of the top American Art Museums in the country. It is an adaptation of an interview with a contemporary performance artist. Through this interview, a reporter picks the artist brain taking the audience on a journey of his artistic process and struggle of...
    This short play takes place in a gallery space that holds an installation of blacked out process food boxes Bentonville, Arkansas; home of Walmart and one of the top American Art Museums in the country. It is an adaptation of an interview with a contemporary performance artist. Through this interview, a reporter picks the artist brain taking the audience on a journey of his artistic process and struggle of being a parent and artist today. The play explores the world of consumerism and retail through art in the hometown of the world's largest retail store...Walmart.
  • Field Notes From Mother Earth
    Field Notes from Mother Earth is the story of two cultural anthropologists—a teacher and her student—who are sifting through the field notes they’ve collected over years of research. As the play moves through the memory of their travels, the layers of their relationship are revealed. The play beautifully challenges the traditional notion of motherhood and uses stories from all over the world to explore what...
    Field Notes from Mother Earth is the story of two cultural anthropologists—a teacher and her student—who are sifting through the field notes they’ve collected over years of research. As the play moves through the memory of their travels, the layers of their relationship are revealed. The play beautifully challenges the traditional notion of motherhood and uses stories from all over the world to explore what women pass down from one generation to the next. An epic piece of magical realism, the play unearths the relationship between mentor and protégé, and traverses the worlds of mythology, ghosts, and natural disasters. This play is open for more development.