Linda Rimel

Linda Rimel

Linda Rimel is a writer and editor who has been listed in Marquis WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA. She grew up in the Seattle area, eastern Montana, and Eugene, Oregon. She has written dramas, book and lyrics for musicals, and scenarios for ballet/dance theater. Her publication credits include QUICKER QUILTS, the best seller of its New York publisher, and reviews, features, and humor published in the ...
Linda Rimel is a writer and editor who has been listed in Marquis WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA. She grew up in the Seattle area, eastern Montana, and Eugene, Oregon. She has written dramas, book and lyrics for musicals, and scenarios for ballet/dance theater. Her publication credits include QUICKER QUILTS, the best seller of its New York publisher, and reviews, features, and humor published in the Roanoke Times, the Oregonian, Graduate Woman, the Great Falls Tribune, Montana Magazine, the Dramatists Guild Quarterly, and the (Eugene, OR) Register-Guard. She has written program notes for musical theater, taught university English, edited books, and written marketing materials for book publishers.
  Additional information is at https://www.dropbox.com/s/xz46kf7t4fm76nq/Stage%20Works%20doc.pages?dl=0.




Plays

  • My Romeo
    My Romeo is the Romeo and Juliet story from the point of view of Rosaline, Romeo's original love. In both plays, a traditional culture like that of modern-day Pakistan requires that girls be chaperoned and boys and girls not fraternize with each other. My Romeo raises questions modern theater-goers may have asked: Why does Rosaline not attend the party? Is it because she's grounded? What kind of...
    My Romeo is the Romeo and Juliet story from the point of view of Rosaline, Romeo's original love. In both plays, a traditional culture like that of modern-day Pakistan requires that girls be chaperoned and boys and girls not fraternize with each other. My Romeo raises questions modern theater-goers may have asked: Why does Rosaline not attend the party? Is it because she's grounded? What kind of clergyman happens to have a knock-out potion on hand? What kind of clergyman performs the rite of Christian burial for someone he knows to be alive? Why do the grownups—friar, nurse, apothecary, and parents—fail to protect the young people?
    A full-length drama, My Romeo can be performed with simple sets and universal lighting. With double-casting, it can be performed by a cast of 12.
  • Malvolio in the New World
    Puritans burst in on a rehearsal of Twelfth Night and close down the theater. Staying in character, the cast escapes to a ship bound for Jamestown. Malvolio tries to take revenge on his former servants for humiliating him on shipboard en route. What could go wrong? Skunks, for one thing. Also, the Powhatans have learned the concept of “rent.”

    “O Mistress Mine” morphs into “Oh,...
    Puritans burst in on a rehearsal of Twelfth Night and close down the theater. Staying in character, the cast escapes to a ship bound for Jamestown. Malvolio tries to take revenge on his former servants for humiliating him on shipboard en route. What could go wrong? Skunks, for one thing. Also, the Powhatans have learned the concept of “rent.”

    “O Mistress Mine” morphs into “Oh, Shenandoah.”

    Two acts. Shakespearean staging conditions (universal lighting, simple sets, no off-stage accompaniment). Cast of 11.
  • There Is Peace
    In this unique musical theater work created to commemorate 9/11, two world views confront each other as jets commandeered by terrorists crash into the World Trade Towers. One chorus voices the values of a society which is pluralistic; the second chorus is rigidly conformist. Scored for two choruses, solo voices, and piano. Twelve minutes. Gender- and race-neutral.
    The powerful score...
    In this unique musical theater work created to commemorate 9/11, two world views confront each other as jets commandeered by terrorists crash into the World Trade Towers. One chorus voices the values of a society which is pluralistic; the second chorus is rigidly conformist. Scored for two choruses, solo voices, and piano. Twelve minutes. Gender- and race-neutral.
    The powerful score is by Donald Dilworth. A composer of operas and ballet scores, Mr. Dilworth has also set to music Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” which was recorded by Joan Baez, re-orchestrated, and performed by members of the orchestra and chorus of the Metropolitan Opera. He won first prize in the Boston Guitar Circle competition and has written algorithmic composing programs. Elected a member of the Society of Contemporary Composers in St. Petersburg, Russia, he has also served as president of the Maine Composers' Forum.
  • What Are You?
    Good plays may make audiences laugh or cry. WHAT ARE YOU? aims to make them squirm.
    A one-act drama for a cast of two women, WHAT ARE YOU? pits Deirdre against her well-intentioned neighbor, who demands to know Deirdre's ethnicity so she can determine how to treat her—with generosity or condescension, or by making allowances for her, or . . ..
    The script would be easy to...
    Good plays may make audiences laugh or cry. WHAT ARE YOU? aims to make them squirm.
    A one-act drama for a cast of two women, WHAT ARE YOU? pits Deirdre against her well-intentioned neighbor, who demands to know Deirdre's ethnicity so she can determine how to treat her—with generosity or condescension, or by making allowances for her, or . . ..
    The script would be easy to adapt for audio theater (radio).


  • Sixteen Years
    This sequel to Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE was named a Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries semifinalist at the American Shakespeare Center.

    At the end of The Winter’s Tale, Queen Hermione, the Anne Boleyn character, comes back to life, and King Leontes (Henry VIII) wants to reconcile. What queen in her right mind would want him?

    That is only...
    This sequel to Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE was named a Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries semifinalist at the American Shakespeare Center.

    At the end of The Winter’s Tale, Queen Hermione, the Anne Boleyn character, comes back to life, and King Leontes (Henry VIII) wants to reconcile. What queen in her right mind would want him?

    That is only the beginning. Perdita, whom Leontes in his madness had ordered abandoned in infancy, is getting married and she’s a real Bridezilla. Autolycus is running a Nigerian prince scam. Leontes could relapse into a fit of jealousy over what Hermione might have been doing for sixteen years, and he wants a male heir. And there’s the matter of the bear.
  • The News from Tierra Nueva
    "People in Wisconsin--they just don't live like we do!"

    Back in 1961 when the only job Rita Nunez could land in journalism in Tierra Nueva was society reporting, a graduate student from the U.S. unwittingly received—and unwittingly accepted—a tacit proposal of marriage from a bachelor from one of that nation’s leading families and then jilted him. A generation later, when a dead...
    "People in Wisconsin--they just don't live like we do!"

    Back in 1961 when the only job Rita Nunez could land in journalism in Tierra Nueva was society reporting, a graduate student from the U.S. unwittingly received—and unwittingly accepted—a tacit proposal of marriage from a bachelor from one of that nation’s leading families and then jilted him. A generation later, when a dead ringer for that student is named U.S. ambassador to Tierra Nueva, the resulting chaos even comes to the attention of the revolutionary La Máscara in his mountain hideaway. He arrives at the embassy and encounters the sister of el Presidente, who is enamored of him. Mistaken identities have to be sorted out before two couples are happily paired.


    The music is by Barbara Harbach (http://www.barbaraharbach.com/), whose theatrical credits include O PIONEERS!--AN AMERICAN OPERA and the musical BOOTH! which won an award from the Tisch School of the Arts and ran on Broadway. The composer of ten symphonies, Dr. Harbach has, for this show, created a veritable sampler of Latin dance rhythms as well as earnest love songs and a noble arrangement of "Finlandia."


    One novelty song is along the lines of "Tchaikovsky," the Ira Gershwin-Kurt Weill song that launched Danny Kaye's career. That was a patter song listing 52 Russian composers, all of them male (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuZvLArXU5s). A song in THE NEWS FROM TIERRA NUEVA, using the same rhyme and metrical schemes as "Tchaikovsky," lists WOMEN composers.
  • Victoria Who?
    The first woman to run for president wasn't Hillary Clinton or even Angela Davis. She was Victoria Woodhull, who ran against Ulysses S. Grant and Horace Greeley. She also published a newspaper and was the first woman ever to address a congressional committee. With her sister, she was one of the first two women stockbrokers. She championed Spiritualism and Free Love, blackmailed people, and exposed the...
    The first woman to run for president wasn't Hillary Clinton or even Angela Davis. She was Victoria Woodhull, who ran against Ulysses S. Grant and Horace Greeley. She also published a newspaper and was the first woman ever to address a congressional committee. With her sister, she was one of the first two women stockbrokers. She championed Spiritualism and Free Love, blackmailed people, and exposed the biggest scandal of the nineteenth century--all while supporting a horde of relatives bent on airing dirty laundry in court and in the press.

    Henry James satirized Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) in his novel, The Siege of London. Thomas Nast caricatured her in an editorial cartoon. Harriet Beecher Stowe lampooned her in newspaper columns. So why was Victoria Woodhull left out of the history books?

    VICTORIA WHO? tackles that question. The compellingly melodic score, by award-winning Bay Area composer, Nancy Bloomer Deussen, underscores the tension between the "nice girls" of the Suffrage movement and the considerably less respectable Victoria.

    The lyrics include powerful speeches, a light-verse list of Horatio Alger titles, and songs of love and dreams:

    When men who legislate for us have been
    Declared completely innocent of sin,
    We'll require a woman champion to be
    As chaste as Diana.


    There are no dance numbers.

    NEWS: Songs from Victoria Who? were featured in RESONATION, True Mirage Theater’s first annual festival of new musicals, on Aug. 17, 2018.
  • Anybody but Liza
    "I shouldn't have to be cooped up in a stuffy old schoolroom," says Liza. "It doesn't seem right for a young lady--not just anybody, mind you, but somebody like me, somebody who has spent enough time studying the mirror to know that her most appealing attribute is her unawareness of her own charm."

    The plot may suggest a comedic version of ROMEO AND JULIET, but,...
    "I shouldn't have to be cooped up in a stuffy old schoolroom," says Liza. "It doesn't seem right for a young lady--not just anybody, mind you, but somebody like me, somebody who has spent enough time studying the mirror to know that her most appealing attribute is her unawareness of her own charm."

    The plot may suggest a comedic version of ROMEO AND JULIET, but, unlike THE FANTASTICKS, this is not farce. Three-dimensional characters struggle with each other and fall in love in this adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's story, "Mistress Into Maid."

    Pushkin (1799-1837) was the first major literary talent to write in Russian. Besides giving the world THE QUEEN OF SPADES and AMADEUS, he gave Nikolai Gogol the premises for both DEAD SOULS and THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. In "Mistress Into Maid," Pushkin was, in part, parodying a popular tearjerker by Nikolai Karamzin. The song "Poor Liza" is a synopsis of Karamzin's story.

    The compelling score by Seth Evans evokes love, pranks, and Russian moodiness. Mr. Evans has written string quartets and A NEW YORK (CIRCA 1950) SUITE FOR PIANO. A member of Chamber Music America, he has a considerable background in the pop/jazz, theater, and classical traditions. His credits include the musical, ROSCOE, A SLAPSTICK TRAGEDY.

    The lyrics--in contemporary, American English--include sassy, structured light verse and serious songs with minimal rhyme. Alexei proposes marriage in a sonnet with the unusual rhyme scheme that Pushkin used in EUGENE ONEGIN.

    The title character must appear to be darker than everyone else on stage.
  • The Ms. Seattle Skyline Contest
    Gilbert and Sullivan's sexual stereotyping is turned on its head. The lawyer is a woman and the Sweet Young Thing is male. This is, nonetheless, a romp in its own right. Women friends make a bet--the loser of which will have to enter a beauty pageant "so corny and sexist that no self-respecting adult would be caught dead in it."

    The musical score--tuneful, accessible, challenging,...
    Gilbert and Sullivan's sexual stereotyping is turned on its head. The lawyer is a woman and the Sweet Young Thing is male. This is, nonetheless, a romp in its own right. Women friends make a bet--the loser of which will have to enter a beauty pageant "so corny and sexist that no self-respecting adult would be caught dead in it."

    The musical score--tuneful, accessible, challenging, and exciting--is by Donald C. Dilworth, who has written string quartets, songs, concerti, the ballet The Brothers of Judar, the operas Rostam and Rasputin, and "Annabel Lee," which was recorded by Joan Baez, re-orchestrated, and performed by members of the orchestra and chorus of the Metropolitan Opera. He won first prize in the Boston Guitar Circle competition and has written algorithmic composing programs. Elected a member of the Society of Contemporary Composers in St. Petersburg, Russia, he has been president of the Maine Composers' Forum since 1999.

    Lyrics include patter songs with polysyllabic rhymes, alliteration, and meter so strong it could march around the stage by itself. More serious emotions are couched in freer verse.
  • A Lasting Impression
    Jailer Jack taunts inmate Camille that she was probably a lousy actress. Camille responds that her real talent was doing impressions. She relives the glory of the HEDDA GABLER performance in which she had shot and killed her unfaithful lover:


    Shooting Henry /

    In front of an attentive audience /

    Was not the perfect crime? /

    Maybe not, but...
    Jailer Jack taunts inmate Camille that she was probably a lousy actress. Camille responds that her real talent was doing impressions. She relives the glory of the HEDDA GABLER performance in which she had shot and killed her unfaithful lover:


    Shooting Henry /

    In front of an attentive audience /

    Was not the perfect crime? /

    Maybe not, but they were rapt! /

    And, after all this time, /

    I can still hear how they clapped!


    When Ms. Nation interrogates her, Camille complains about a strategy to make inmates feel like children. Camille overpowers Ms. Nation, trades clothes with her, and walks out of prison.

    At Ms. Nation's home, Camille exults that she is free. Jack enters; she hadn't realized that he is romantically involved with Ms. Nation. Camille continues to "do" Ms. Nation. She wishes she could have done to Ms. Nation what she'd done to the unfaithful lover.

    The following morning, Ms. Nation, still wearing the prison jumpsuit, is in the cell. Camille enters and devotes herself to infantilizing Ms. Nation. They are both miserable.

    In verse.
  • Thumbelina
    How could someone as lovely as Thumbelina be persuaded that she’s unattractive? This adaptation for ballet/dance theater retains Hans Christian Andersen’s exploration of how mortals respond to beauty.

    Inspired by the Swallow’s song, the Poet creates a storybook populated by the likes of Thumbelina’s Mother, a Beggar Woman, Freddy the Frog, his Mother, a Corps de Frogs, an ethereal White...
    How could someone as lovely as Thumbelina be persuaded that she’s unattractive? This adaptation for ballet/dance theater retains Hans Christian Andersen’s exploration of how mortals respond to beauty.

    Inspired by the Swallow’s song, the Poet creates a storybook populated by the likes of Thumbelina’s Mother, a Beggar Woman, Freddy the Frog, his Mother, a Corps de Frogs, an ethereal White Butterfly, a Stag Beetle Emcee, Stag Beetle Debutantes, a Field Mouse, Spiders, Mr. Mole, a Fairy King, and Fairies of the Flowers. In the final scene, they all step out of the storybook for a curtain call.

    The composer, David H. Goldstein, has had 15 ballets produced. One of them—Zal and Rudabeh—was performed with full orchestra in the 2,000-seat performing arts center in Sarasota, Florida, with Her Majesty Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi, the widow of the Shah of Iran, in attendance.
  • Billy McGraw Loves Rapunzel

    "She's not the prettiest girl in the whole world. She doesn't even have brown hair!"

    When Mrs. Sageboil returns from a long vacation so tired that she’s forgotten that she’s a witch, she finds her neighbors protesting her plan to lock Rapunzel in a tower. After a rest, Mrs. Sageboil remembers and puts the plan into action. The villagers tease Billy about having a...

    "She's not the prettiest girl in the whole world. She doesn't even have brown hair!"

    When Mrs. Sageboil returns from a long vacation so tired that she’s forgotten that she’s a witch, she finds her neighbors protesting her plan to lock Rapunzel in a tower. After a rest, Mrs. Sageboil remembers and puts the plan into action. The villagers tease Billy about having a crush on Rapunzel.

    Appropriate for primary grades.

    Single set.
  • Waiting for a Chinook
    A woman gets stuck at home for the duration of a blizzard with her new boyfriend--and her ex-husband and his irritating girlfriend. NO EXIT meets THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER.

    "She was Miss Montana," everybody always says, "but she's nice."

    Single, interior set. Two of the males are teenagers. Aside from one character who can be any age over 18, the rest of...
    A woman gets stuck at home for the duration of a blizzard with her new boyfriend--and her ex-husband and his irritating girlfriend. NO EXIT meets THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER.

    "She was Miss Montana," everybody always says, "but she's nice."

    Single, interior set. Two of the males are teenagers. Aside from one character who can be any age over 18, the rest of the cast members (4-5 women and 3-4 men) are at least 48 years old.

    "Chinook" in this sense means a warm wind that can raise winter temperatures 60 degrees or more in mere minutes. The title comes from a C.M. Russell painting. This is farce in the sense of Oscar Wilde.