Robin Rice

Robin Rice

Published, award-winning New York playwright. Twenty full-length and over 50 one-act plays produced from Off-Broadway to Mongolia, South Africa to South Korea, London to Seattle. Member: Articulate Theatre Company, Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, International Centre for Women Playwrights. www.RobinRicePlaywright.com

Plays

  • SEARCHING FOR A NEW SUNRISE
    Five contemporary women find themselves bound in varying degrees to what happened to Eastern European Jews during World War II. Four of the women, all New Yorkers, are second- and third-generation descendants of survivors of the Holocaust. A fifth is a survivor herself. She wants to forget. She didn't tell her daughter and she refuses to tell her granddaughter even the smallest detail of what happened to...
    Five contemporary women find themselves bound in varying degrees to what happened to Eastern European Jews during World War II. Four of the women, all New Yorkers, are second- and third-generation descendants of survivors of the Holocaust. A fifth is a survivor herself. She wants to forget. She didn't tell her daughter and she refuses to tell her granddaughter even the smallest detail of what happened to her. But the granddaughter needs to know. She feels incomplete, unanchored. She is experiencing increasing loss of self. In desperation she reaches out to strangers. One evening, the strangers come together to help her. Humor and fellowship, stories and memories take the woman to a place where metaphorical suitcases can be opened, revealing close-held secrets. The grandmother reclaims her life and the younger women, to varying degrees, will find reconciliation with a past that has haunted them.
  • LOLA AND THE PLANET OF GLORIOUS DIVERSITY
    A fable for tomorrow with movement, music, and a heck of a big story. Six people struggle to create a new and better world after Earth has been devastated. Spirit Children watch as the struggle fails. Nobody will listen to Lola and the Spirit Children, who insist that love must be a part of any new world. They insist on relying on power, precision, and rules -- nothing from the past. The result is estrangement...
    A fable for tomorrow with movement, music, and a heck of a big story. Six people struggle to create a new and better world after Earth has been devastated. Spirit Children watch as the struggle fails. Nobody will listen to Lola and the Spirit Children, who insist that love must be a part of any new world. They insist on relying on power, precision, and rules -- nothing from the past. The result is estrangement to separate planets in outer space. Lola is empowered by the Spirit Children (and a bit of John Donne); finds love in her belly and finally gets through to the others before another Big Bang brings an end to it all.
  • EMBRACING THE UNDERTOAD
    A story about the mystical bonds between family members that can both immobilize and set us free. Agnes is haunted by something she did as a child. Her lover, Maddie, needs to finish her novel, but is hampered by Agnes' fear. When Agnes' young, reality-challenged sister appears, the stakes mount. The sister is suspended between life and death and needs Agnes' love to rest. Maddie and Agnes travel...
    A story about the mystical bonds between family members that can both immobilize and set us free. Agnes is haunted by something she did as a child. Her lover, Maddie, needs to finish her novel, but is hampered by Agnes' fear. When Agnes' young, reality-challenged sister appears, the stakes mount. The sister is suspended between life and death and needs Agnes' love to rest. Maddie and Agnes travel together into the depths of a cave to unearth Agnes' secret shame.
  • ESCAPE IN A WHITE TOYOTA
    An elderly woman is trying with all her might to escape from the memory of her (dead) husband. She tries to move forward (physically and mentally), but the memory of him keeps literally blocking her way. Finally, she finds the strength to kill the memory. (Her thoughts are spoken by herself at a young age. A monologue except for one sentence. The man's role is non-speaking.)
  • RIP OF SKIN
    Monologue. A crow is an inner voice. Or your worst fear. Or your imagination working overtime. S/he is beautiful, seductive, articulate, poetic and very hungry for human flesh. (7-10 minutes long)
  • EYES ON PAULINA
    A screenplay. A woman has engaged in insider trading. Knowing that the authorities are closing in, she heads down the coast from Seattle to Mexico in a Chevy van. It turns out that the van knows what she's doing and is determined to save her life, though not in the way she planned. She decides to turn back before reaching the Mexican border.
  • BLOOD SISTERS
    Based on a true story. The 20-25 minute play travels with Dominican nuns Sister Jane Mooney, Sister Mary McGee, and Sister Whilhelmina Heintz as they deface a nuclear missle silo and face a judge for sentencing.
  • HONEY'S SMILE
    Twelve-year-old Honey lives on the tropical island of Tortola. Her mother has told her they must move to New York City. The flight leaves in the morning. Honey is distraught. Her friends (a pelican, a hen, a rooster, a school of minnows, a tropical vine) try to help her become something other than herself so she can hide from mother and stay on her beloved island. In the end, Honey realizes it's best to...
    Twelve-year-old Honey lives on the tropical island of Tortola. Her mother has told her they must move to New York City. The flight leaves in the morning. Honey is distraught. Her friends (a pelican, a hen, a rooster, a school of minnows, a tropical vine) try to help her become something other than herself so she can hide from mother and stay on her beloved island. In the end, Honey realizes it's best to remain herself -- and that she will be herself even in New York City. A large-cast, one-act play with music for children. (Note: Sheet music for one of three songs is provided. More on request.)
  • ALLIE'S APPENDIX
    A young woman needs an emergency appendectomy, but the nearest hospital isn't exactly standard. From the nun at reception to the walking, talking, advice-giving statue of St. Anthony beside her bed -- everyone is urging Allie to grow up. This requires deciding to break away from her controlling mother, and Allie doesn't make decisions. When first her mother shows up, then her girlfriend lover -- all...
    A young woman needs an emergency appendectomy, but the nearest hospital isn't exactly standard. From the nun at reception to the walking, talking, advice-giving statue of St. Anthony beside her bed -- everyone is urging Allie to grow up. This requires deciding to break away from her controlling mother, and Allie doesn't make decisions. When first her mother shows up, then her girlfriend lover -- all hell breaks loose. A wacky, big-hearted comedy about a real issue.
  • THE LENGTH OF A DREAM
    A woman in ancient Greece stands up to her husband, Anonymous, to reveal that she is the real creator of the famous sculptures attributed to him. Her two friends, who also have never gotten credit but are outstanding in other fields totally dominated by men, agree to stand up for themselves. Meanwhile, Anonymous hooks up with Kyamites, the Greek god of beans, who comes to earth to fool around. A non-speaking...
    A woman in ancient Greece stands up to her husband, Anonymous, to reveal that she is the real creator of the famous sculptures attributed to him. Her two friends, who also have never gotten credit but are outstanding in other fields totally dominated by men, agree to stand up for themselves. Meanwhile, Anonymous hooks up with Kyamites, the Greek god of beans, who comes to earth to fool around. A non-speaking but extremely buff young man is the nude statue of the Discobolous which Anonymous is supposed to be sculpting for Odysseus'birthday. In the end, Zeus strikes the outspoken sculptress dead. Her spirit rises (in true Greek drama fashion) to urge women everywhere to stand strong.
  • SUKI LIVINGSTON OPENS LIKE A PARACHUTE
    A 50-year-old woman suddenly wins acclaim for her paintings, but knows they are dreadful. She can't face the reason why her vision has deteriorated. She can't see her hand in front of her face, but she will see memories all too clearly. She joins hands with herself at age 12 to travel through her life again, through the turbulent 1960s, love and marriage to a schizophrenic man, to finally confront the...
    A 50-year-old woman suddenly wins acclaim for her paintings, but knows they are dreadful. She can't face the reason why her vision has deteriorated. She can't see her hand in front of her face, but she will see memories all too clearly. She joins hands with herself at age 12 to travel through her life again, through the turbulent 1960s, love and marriage to a schizophrenic man, to finally confront the moment when she chose to leave him. Suki accepts her choice and can continue with confidence. In this wild ride of a play (with laughs, tears, talking dogs, JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., time-bending superheroines...) the past helps the present and the present helps the past.
  • EVERYDAY EDNA MAE
    An often-humorous look at a life that could have been squashed but instead rises strong and confident. Young Edna Mae yearns to be a visual artist, but a nagging body obsession deflects her focus. Middle-aged Edna Mae finds life in a stodgy town and marriage to an unsympathetic husband have blocked her creativity. She has struggled to maintain her artistic edge, but colors have literally drained from her life...
    An often-humorous look at a life that could have been squashed but instead rises strong and confident. Young Edna Mae yearns to be a visual artist, but a nagging body obsession deflects her focus. Middle-aged Edna Mae finds life in a stodgy town and marriage to an unsympathetic husband have blocked her creativity. She has struggled to maintain her artistic edge, but colors have literally drained from her life to the point where all she sees is sepia. At a Starbucks in San Diego, Edna Mae decides to not return to her midwest, apple-pie home, but rather seize the day. In this 90-minute story, we finally see elderly Edna Mae -- almost homeless, but happy as a clam doing what she loves with self-confidence enough to share with a young, homeless girl - the granddaughter she never met.
  • LUST & LIES
    Based on true history. In 1831 rural Pennsylvania, a doctor is murdered. Who did it? His wife, a pioneer in education for women, whom he is forcing to abandon her school in Philadelphia? A magical, sexy, itinerant Cuban who claims to rub shoulders with the rich and famous? Or did Dr. Chapman take his own life? The Cuban is ultimately hanged and the wife goes free... but the truth is up for grabs. Based on the...
    Based on true history. In 1831 rural Pennsylvania, a doctor is murdered. Who did it? His wife, a pioneer in education for women, whom he is forcing to abandon her school in Philadelphia? A magical, sexy, itinerant Cuban who claims to rub shoulders with the rich and famous? Or did Dr. Chapman take his own life? The Cuban is ultimately hanged and the wife goes free... but the truth is up for grabs. Based on the best-selling novel "The Murder of Dr. Chapman" by Linda Wolfe, the story contains many parallels to life today.
  • WOMEN w/o WALLS
    Inspired by Sartre's NO EXIT and Dante's INFERNO. An absurdist but very real look at love and mortality. A young woman is trapped in a runaway subway car rushing to an unknown destination. A cobweb covered ancient knits in the corner. A one-legged homeless woman and a music-addicted punk turn the space into a cycle of attraction, hope and despair.
  • MORSELS THREE
    Inspired by Jean Genet's THE MAIDS. An all-male version of PLAY NICE! Not your standard abused-children play by any means. Three siblings must figure out how to escape from the dreadful cycle their dragon of a mother has created. The plan of the youngest, the best at "pretend," prevails. Imagination becomes their key weapon. A homeless poet is brought into the siblings' plan for victory.
  • HUMANS REMAIN
    The White Cliff Kinfolk live in the hills of New Jersey, hidden from civilization, peaceful, united with the land. They are a tightly knit family of decendents of escaped slaves, escaped convicts, social misfits. Disease has them headed toward extinction. A young man discovers them and decides to "rescue" them, which would mean exposing their whereabouts to the world. His plan is complicated by...
    The White Cliff Kinfolk live in the hills of New Jersey, hidden from civilization, peaceful, united with the land. They are a tightly knit family of decendents of escaped slaves, escaped convicts, social misfits. Disease has them headed toward extinction. A young man discovers them and decides to "rescue" them, which would mean exposing their whereabouts to the world. His plan is complicated by growing love for the White Cliff young woman who is destined to become the leader of the Kinfolk. (based on the Ramapo Mountain people).
  • LISTEN! THE RIVER
    A Maine Coon Cat tells a tale of love, loss and new beginnings. Torn from his Dear One in Vermont, he adjusts with great difficulty to being relocated in New York City. As Dear One's health goes downhill, her sister in NYC finds her life unwravelling. An angry cat doesn't help. Neither does a clueless doorman. Love and acceptance are found in unexpected places. Note: this is not a children's play.
  • FRONTIER
    A girl is so moved by the aftermath of the Valdeze oil spill in her native Alaska, she dedicates her life to saving the envirnoment. Years pass and she seems to have no impact so she gives up, switching her dedication to a young man. She refuses to listen to warnings from an ecologically saavy wolf who correctly reads the signs of impending disaster. Drilling begins in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge, and Mother...
    A girl is so moved by the aftermath of the Valdeze oil spill in her native Alaska, she dedicates her life to saving the envirnoment. Years pass and she seems to have no impact so she gives up, switching her dedication to a young man. She refuses to listen to warnings from an ecologically saavy wolf who correctly reads the signs of impending disaster. Drilling begins in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge, and Mother Nature lowers the boom. Human life is destroyed except for our heroine, her cluless, tv-addicted husband, and her unborn child. At last, she listens to the wolf and makes a huge sacrifice to save the future of mankind.
  • THE POWER OF BIRDS
    A father leaves his wife, twin children and their grandmother to pursue his birdwatching obsession. The family moves away, but determined to reunite with him, the daughter constructs an elaborate tree house to attract him. When that doesn't work, she kidnaps the grandmother and installs her in the tree. Grandmother is not well; the twin brother is a huge problem; gym-teacher mother is clueless. Birds, an...
    A father leaves his wife, twin children and their grandmother to pursue his birdwatching obsession. The family moves away, but determined to reunite with him, the daughter constructs an elaborate tree house to attract him. When that doesn't work, she kidnaps the grandmother and installs her in the tree. Grandmother is not well; the twin brother is a huge problem; gym-teacher mother is clueless. Birds, an unlikely transformation and good old human nature combine for a very real solution.
  • PLAY NICE!
    Inspired by Jean Genet's THE MAIDS. Not your standard abused-children play by any means. Three siblings must figure out how to escape from the dreadful cycle their dragon of a mother has created. The plan of the youngest, the best at "pretend," prevails. Imagination becomes their key weapon. A homeless girl (a poet) is brought into the siblings' plan for victory. (Note: there is an all-male version titled MORSELS THREE.)
  • ALICE IN BLACK AND WHITE
    Award-winning drama based on actual events. Despite strict Victorian society, Alice Austen becomes the first woman photo-journalist and lives with her lover, another woman. Born into an upper middle-class family on Staten Island, NY, Alice is plunged into poverty during the Great Depression. The true story of the editor who discovers Alice's photographs, rescues her from the poorhouse and brings her work...
    Award-winning drama based on actual events. Despite strict Victorian society, Alice Austen becomes the first woman photo-journalist and lives with her lover, another woman. Born into an upper middle-class family on Staten Island, NY, Alice is plunged into poverty during the Great Depression. The true story of the editor who discovers Alice's photographs, rescues her from the poorhouse and brings her work to the attention of the public is told in a parallel, interwoven thread.