Sheila Rinear

Sheila Rinear

Sheila Rinear, a New Jersey and San Antonio-based, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, director, and teacher has had work commissioned, developed and produced throughout the United States but especially in Texas where The Public Theatre San Antonio, The Classic Theatre, and The Magik Theatre have been her artistic homes.

She was recently a Finalist in Screen Craft LA's Stage Play...
Sheila Rinear, a New Jersey and San Antonio-based, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, director, and teacher has had work commissioned, developed and produced throughout the United States but especially in Texas where The Public Theatre San Antonio, The Classic Theatre, and The Magik Theatre have been her artistic homes.

She was recently a Finalist in Screen Craft LA's Stage Play Contest with Bound By Truth. Having had more than 60 of her plays produced as a result of winning various commissions, competitions, and invitations to Theater Festivals, she’s also been commissioned 8 times by the City of San Antonio to write and produce performance pieces for Luminaria, the Annual International Celebration of the Arts.

Four of her plays have recently been published by Leicester Bay Theatricals: https://wp.me/p6fXeh-6fwww.leicesterbaytheatricals.com). Rinear also serves The Dramatists Guild as Ambassador for San Antonio. She is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency. For more: www.sheilarinear.com


Plays

  • Bufflehead Bay
    When a woman returns to the home of her youth to help her family and community make a come-back following a disastrous storm, she discovers that what needs the most restoration is her own life.
  • Do I Look Like Anyone?
    Meeting your Birth Mother? Important, but not the most important moment in your life. Getting to see the long-lost child you had to give up, for whatever reason? Important, but… How can these moments compare to the moment when you realize that the parents who have lavished their love and concern over you are not your real mother and father? That is the moment of stunning silence for the child. And for the Birth...
    Meeting your Birth Mother? Important, but not the most important moment in your life. Getting to see the long-lost child you had to give up, for whatever reason? Important, but… How can these moments compare to the moment when you realize that the parents who have lavished their love and concern over you are not your real mother and father? That is the moment of stunning silence for the child. And for the Birth Mother? The moment when you wish you had not given up your child. What comes between these two moments? Lives lived through wishing/remembering; by hopes and regret; by longing to see… These are the moments that fill this short mono-play. How does it end? That is up to you, because we never see them meet, but we will each bring our own perspective to the events portrayed and their probable, for us, outcome. This is strong, vital theater that leaves us with necessary questions. For through this play we will have examined our lives a little; relived our dreams, hopes, demons; visited the memories of our own families. This docu-drama is perfect for live or online presentation. Easy to stage or capture as an online event.
  • So When Are You Leaving?
    A lovably dysfunctional family gathers to celebrate both the 4th of July and their matriarch’s birthday not realizing their long-nurtured secrets and suspicions will erupt in fireworks more explosive than those they actually came to see.
  • Bound by Truth
    Margaret More Roper stood alone in supporting her father, Sir Thomas More, in his moral convictions against King Henry VIII, the same king who was trying to seduce her. A literate woman in an age of male-dominated religious and political strife, Meg Roper steered the tide of feminine identity in early modern society. This is her story.

    This full-length play has a cast of 3...
    Margaret More Roper stood alone in supporting her father, Sir Thomas More, in his moral convictions against King Henry VIII, the same king who was trying to seduce her. A literate woman in an age of male-dominated religious and political strife, Meg Roper steered the tide of feminine identity in early modern society. This is her story.

    This full-length play has a cast of 3 Females, 5 Males, 2 Children (1 Female; 1 Male), and 1 Male or Female to play multiple minor roles.
    Setting requirements are a space/light stage with highly selected furniture and set pieces.
  • Deities
    In 1555 at the English royal family’s run-down, secluded manor in Woodstock, a bond is forged between two of history’s most powerful women (Elizabeth I and Teresa of Avila, Spain) amidst storms of highly charged sexual passion and spiritual ecstasy. In an effort to save both their lives, the Spanish Nun Teresa tries to convert the English Princess. However, the young Princess shows a greater understanding of...
    In 1555 at the English royal family’s run-down, secluded manor in Woodstock, a bond is forged between two of history’s most powerful women (Elizabeth I and Teresa of Avila, Spain) amidst storms of highly charged sexual passion and spiritual ecstasy. In an effort to save both their lives, the Spanish Nun Teresa tries to convert the English Princess. However, the young Princess shows a greater understanding of religious tolerance than the church she is being forced to accept…a church that executes Jews and Muslims for not conforming to Christian doctrine. Together Elizabeth and Teresa face and help each other learn to deal with the harsh realities of religious and cultural prejudice that threaten their own and civilization’s future.
  • Merry Gentlemen
    Ben Dickens lost his wife, Isabelle, in a car crash on Christmas Eve. That was seven years ago. Since then Ben has focused only on his job, allowing his teenage son Tim to fend for himself. Isabelle appears to both her husband and son urging them to reach out to each other and mend their relationship…and it needs to happen by this soon-to-arrive Christmas when her Spirit must depart from their sphere for...
    Ben Dickens lost his wife, Isabelle, in a car crash on Christmas Eve. That was seven years ago. Since then Ben has focused only on his job, allowing his teenage son Tim to fend for himself. Isabelle appears to both her husband and son urging them to reach out to each other and mend their relationship…and it needs to happen by this soon-to-arrive Christmas when her Spirit must depart from their sphere for eternity.
    In this full-length play, heavily inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ben and Tim Dickens’ paths mystically cross those of various characters who lead Ben and Tim out of their bleak, estrranged lives and into the Spirit of Christmas…with many laughs along the way.
  • Cries That Bind
    Grief Counselor Nell Hennessey’s Brother John went to serve in the Iraq war. After arriving home with an injury and PTSD, he slid into a long depression and took his life. Nell’s job is now all she has. Nell needs to be as effective as she can be in dealing with her brother’s death since she encourages her patients who have lost loved ones.
    Michael, Nell’s deceased brother’s best friend, challenges...
    Grief Counselor Nell Hennessey’s Brother John went to serve in the Iraq war. After arriving home with an injury and PTSD, he slid into a long depression and took his life. Nell’s job is now all she has. Nell needs to be as effective as she can be in dealing with her brother’s death since she encourages her patients who have lost loved ones.
    Michael, Nell’s deceased brother’s best friend, challenges Nell to move on from her grief so that he and Nell might have a romantic relationship. This challenge makes Nell realize she is so stuck in her own emotional paralysis that she hasn’t a clue how to “move on.” She also doesn’t know quite how to admit to Michael that she’s been seeing and talking with her brother’s ghost.
    This full-length play has a cast of 2 Females and 3 Males.
    Setting requirements are a space/light stage with highly selected furniture and set pieces.
  • Pray for Us! They Sent Jim Cantore!
    When a couple is awakened in the middle of the night by the National Guard Evacuation Team’s Bullhorn Announcement, a debate about whether or not they should escape the storm’s threat or stay and tough it out brings up some outrageous but basic issues their marriage counselor has been suggesting they take a look at.