Eric Mansfield

Eric Mansfield

Eric (he/him/his) is an Emmy Award-Winning TV Journalist, Retired Army Officer and current PR professional who is continuing his passion for storytelling through playwriting and other creative outlets.

Eric's first full-length play, LOVE IN RESERVE, was named a 2020 national semi-finalist for the Bridge Award from Arts in the Armed Forces. Eric's inspiration comes from his own life...
Eric (he/him/his) is an Emmy Award-Winning TV Journalist, Retired Army Officer and current PR professional who is continuing his passion for storytelling through playwriting and other creative outlets.

Eric's first full-length play, LOVE IN RESERVE, was named a 2020 national semi-finalist for the Bridge Award from Arts in the Armed Forces. Eric's inspiration comes from his own life experiences either from being deployed with the military or from being a front-line TV News journalist in Cleveland, Ohio.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Eric earned his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Dayton and his M.A. in Public Relations from Kent State University. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing (Playwrighting) from Kent State.

A 20-year career as a broadcast news anchor-reporter (18 of those years with WKYC-TV) concurrent with 20 years of service in the Ohio Army National Guard, including deployments to Iraq and other hotspots, gives Eric a unique life experience to share as a creative writer.

He is often tinkering with multiple short and full-length play scripts along with several screenplays.

Eric looks forward to learning from other creative writers and welcomes feedback and engagement.

Plays

  • Love in Reserve
    Army wife Kate Strong is counting down the final days for her husband Ray's return home from the Iraq War when she views a news report of a deadly attack at Ray's base camp, Camp Freedom. Unable to get information of whether Ray is dead or alive, Kate cries herself to sleep fearing the worst. Over the course of the night, Kate is visited three times by visions of Ray - a past, present, and (possible)...
    Army wife Kate Strong is counting down the final days for her husband Ray's return home from the Iraq War when she views a news report of a deadly attack at Ray's base camp, Camp Freedom. Unable to get information of whether Ray is dead or alive, Kate cries herself to sleep fearing the worst. Over the course of the night, Kate is visited three times by visions of Ray - a past, present, and (possible) future version of the man she fell in love with in high school and married the day he deployed. Through these interactions, the audience learns how they fell in love, the unique challenges of being a military couple and how overwhelming it is to be separated during war.

    This love story crescendos with sharp feelings, dramatic moments, and even some comedic levity all while draped in the constant uncertainty of whether Ray is already dead. Clues to Ray's fate will keep the audience guessing until the play's emotional climax, which delivers a new appreciation and admiration for military couples.

  • Lockdown
    A busy midwest high school is thrown into chaos when a shot rings out in the hallway. Ducking for cover, a guidance counselor, history teacher, PTA president, senior class officer and football coach hide together in the counselor's office.

    While trying to stay quiet, most of the group believes they know which student must be on a killing spree. But when that student enters the office to hide...
    A busy midwest high school is thrown into chaos when a shot rings out in the hallway. Ducking for cover, a guidance counselor, history teacher, PTA president, senior class officer and football coach hide together in the counselor's office.

    While trying to stay quiet, most of the group believes they know which student must be on a killing spree. But when that student enters the office to hide with them, the group is forced to back up their suspicions about the teen they think they know.

    Under the constant fear of a gunman in their school, maybe even hiding among them, the group must own not only own their prejudices but also the deep secrets each has connected to guns. Do their personal histories with violence justify school leaders prejudging students they think might be dangerous?

    After a gun is found hidden in the office, the group wonders if the real shooter is among them. Will police arrive in time to make a difference? And if the group survives, how will this experience facing both death and their violent pasts change their futures?
  • Whitesville
    A white police captain, his wife, and their two adopted black teen children face family and community turmoil in the immediate aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. The Clayton family has always closed ranks when it came to emotional challenges, including facing off with those who would confront their mixed-race family, but this time they are struggling to see eye-to-eye.

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    A white police captain, his wife, and their two adopted black teen children face family and community turmoil in the immediate aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. The Clayton family has always closed ranks when it came to emotional challenges, including facing off with those who would confront their mixed-race family, but this time they are struggling to see eye-to-eye.

    Winesville, or "Whitesville" as it's known across rural Indiana, quickly becomes a powder keg as the town's small population of black residents can remain silent no longer and begin calling for reform. When a curfew and other measures only lead to growing unrest, outside protestors and state police converge on Whitesville for one final, massive protest that most fear will turn deadly, leaving the Clayton family with a night of choices that will change each of them forever.
  • Monologue Man
    A high school senior's stress gets the better of him as he tries to choose a monologue for his audition to Juilliard. Switching quickly and creatively from one famous monologue to the next, Micki must come to grips that the biggest audition in his life will not define his life.

    This play will give a single young actor a chance to live 15 classic characters in rapid fashion all while moving...
    A high school senior's stress gets the better of him as he tries to choose a monologue for his audition to Juilliard. Switching quickly and creatively from one famous monologue to the next, Micki must come to grips that the biggest audition in his life will not define his life.

    This play will give a single young actor a chance to live 15 classic characters in rapid fashion all while moving around his bedroom in a battle of man vs. self.
  • The Wardrobe
    A college student's rush to change clothes for class becomes an emotional roller coaster of frustration, pain and reflection.
  • Once a Cheater
    Six people arrive to a timeshare pitch only to learn they have a hidden secret in common that could destroy all of their lives and possibly cost the lives of their loved ones. That is, unless they can successfully play the Waiting Game.
  • The Board
    When a new West Point graduate visiting NYC wanders into a conversation between two veterans playing chess in the park, he gets a life lesson he wasn't expecting and that might just keep him -- and his fellow soldiers -- alive.
  • Future-In-Laws
    10-minute comedy. Two couples meet at an NYC Airport baggage carousel and realize they are on their way to the same location since -- surprise -- their daughter and son are dating. What they didn't realize, is what their children have really been saying about them.
  • Dinner With Damages (A 10-Minute Zoom Drama)
    Three couples are excited to see one another for a New Year's Eve dinner party, but they’ll struggle to reconnect when a secret that one couple has been keeping threatens to destroy all of their relationships.
  • Do Something
    A white man awakens to how the women he sees every day are really being treated and whether he's part of the problem.