Mary Carol Stunkel

Mary Carol Stunkel

Mary Carol Stunkel
After graduating from Michigan State Univ. in Theater, she held writing and on-camera positions with Natl. Educational Radio & TV while acting in a graduate theater company. From 1970 to 2001 Mary Carol worked full time in video producing, directing and management, and as a freelance voice-over artist. As Broadcast Division Manager for Press Broadcasting she ran PBC-TV from 1982...
Mary Carol Stunkel
After graduating from Michigan State Univ. in Theater, she held writing and on-camera positions with Natl. Educational Radio & TV while acting in a graduate theater company. From 1970 to 2001 Mary Carol worked full time in video producing, directing and management, and as a freelance voice-over artist. As Broadcast Division Manager for Press Broadcasting she ran PBC-TV from 1982 –89 and directed six of their syndicated TV programs. She is currently president of MC Squared Productions, Board of Directors member of the Two River Theatre Co in Red Bank, NJ where she served as president from the company’s inception until 2005. She is also Adjunct professor of Communication at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ where she teaches Story writing and performing. Mary Carol is a published short story writer but also performs original stories drawn from her own life.
Her play Random Access was recently one of three finalists for the Hudson Shakespeare Company’s New Works Competition.

Plays

  • Random Access
    Random Access

    Renee: Memories aren't stored in closets; they’re in your head, and sometimes you can’t even give them away. I know; I've tried.

    Arnie: And sometimes you can’t find them without a memento to remind you. I know; I've tried. Besides, you should never give away your memories.”
    Act 1, Scene 5

    Can one design a future without...
    Random Access

    Renee: Memories aren't stored in closets; they’re in your head, and sometimes you can’t even give them away. I know; I've tried.

    Arnie: And sometimes you can’t find them without a memento to remind you. I know; I've tried. Besides, you should never give away your memories.”
    Act 1, Scene 5

    Can one design a future without opening the closets of one’s past? What if they are locked and the key to getting your son back is buried in a place you're afraid to go?

    Random Access is a story about the capacity for caring; two often dismissed human beings who encounter each other, their past, their memories, and the transformation that can change their future. Renee, a young, self-proclaimed “good mother” is fighting to regain custody of her five year old son. But her unwillingness to face her past threatens a future far richer than the mere survival she’s learned to expect. And Arnie, a cantankerous octogenarian fighting just as fiercely to hang on to his memories long enough to complete the architectural legacy that will insure he is remembered.