Cara Beth Heath

Cara Beth Heath

Born and raised just south of Nashville, Tennessee, Cara Beth has an MFA in Playwriting from Western Michigan University and a BA in Creative Writing from the College of Charleston. She's studied with Beth Lincks, Arlene Hutton, Steve Feffer, Paula Vogel, Heather Helinsky, Mark Bly, and Gary Garrison. She's also been invited to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for dramaturgy,...
Born and raised just south of Nashville, Tennessee, Cara Beth has an MFA in Playwriting from Western Michigan University and a BA in Creative Writing from the College of Charleston. She's studied with Beth Lincks, Arlene Hutton, Steve Feffer, Paula Vogel, Heather Helinsky, Mark Bly, and Gary Garrison. She's also been invited to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for dramaturgy, directing and playwriting. Her work has been read and produced in several festivals and workshops across the midwest. She's been in Chicago since the summer of 2016, developing her own plays and advocating for local playwrights as a founding member of the Ritual Writers Group. Cara Beth looks forward to producing more work in Chicago and elsewhere.

Plays

  • Ideal House (In Development)
    Development Stage: Ideal House has had a handful of readings and a self-produced festival production. In the next iteration, Cara Beth is interested in exploring the power of naming your mistakes and in interrogating JKR's status as many millennials are deeply disappointed by her outspoken lack of regard for trans women.

    Synopsis: She's made it. Her dream life has begun. She's...
    Development Stage: Ideal House has had a handful of readings and a self-produced festival production. In the next iteration, Cara Beth is interested in exploring the power of naming your mistakes and in interrogating JKR's status as many millennials are deeply disappointed by her outspoken lack of regard for trans women.

    Synopsis: She's made it. Her dream life has begun. She's married to a salesman, is a talented architect, and is designing her dream home. But if Bella's so happy, why has JK Rowling started to appear to her as the WORST spirit guide ever? If JK Rowling's so successful, why is she fresh out of (good/useful/non-harmful) ideas? How can everyone stuck in this house figure out how to move forward?
  • Good Enough (In Development)
    Development Stage: Through a number of readings and workshops, this script has gone through years of revisions, from its birth as a 10-minute scene, to a recent revision that offers parallels between the American 1940's and today's quarantine culture. In future drafts, Cara Beth looks forward to pursuing themes such as the power of music and small acts of kindness as the highest form of human intimacy...
    Development Stage: Through a number of readings and workshops, this script has gone through years of revisions, from its birth as a 10-minute scene, to a recent revision that offers parallels between the American 1940's and today's quarantine culture. In future drafts, Cara Beth looks forward to pursuing themes such as the power of music and small acts of kindness as the highest form of human intimacy.

    Synopsis: Cara Beth Heath takes us back to a time where America was making war while the women of Kalamazoo were making guitars. Following the journeys of Irene, Helen, Jenny, Mary Jane, Gladys, and June Good Enough takes an unyielding look at these women’s lives, loves, and the way they must live in a world at war. With tension taught as the strings of a Gibson guitar these women must navigate their place in an ever-shifting landscape, constantly wondering if history will remember their unique contribution to American music and the war effort. As much as some would like to forget the details of our not so distant past, these women are kept alive by the music that emanated from the instruments they crafted.
  • The Breaking (In Development)
    Development Stage: This play received a handful of readings and a student-produced workshop production before becoming a finalist for Shakespeare's New Contemporaries in 2019. In the next iteration, Cara Beth wants to continue exploring an interactive/Shakespearean form of storytelling, while also diving deeper into more recent research on the reality of sexual assault in the military.

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    Development Stage: This play received a handful of readings and a student-produced workshop production before becoming a finalist for Shakespeare's New Contemporaries in 2019. In the next iteration, Cara Beth wants to continue exploring an interactive/Shakespearean form of storytelling, while also diving deeper into more recent research on the reality of sexual assault in the military.

    Synopsis: Through a combination of ageless themes with today’s kairos, Cara Beth Heath tells the story of the dynamic power structures at a small Alaskan Coast Guard base in the wake of sexual assault and political corruption, complicated by new arrivals, Seaman Lavin and Lucy Young. Inspired by Shakespeare’s TITUS ANDRONICUS, the play explores the parallels between Lavinia’s powerlessness against her attackers, and today’s victims, whose stories are silenced by the military justice system. When a victim is powerless, what can be done? How can that story be told? Does it matter who tells it? And is telling the story over and over again enough?
  • Three Ways to Cover Distance (In Development)
    Development Stage: This script has a couple of readings under its belt, and Cara Beth is interested in digging into the shifts between world as well as the division between the triple-cast actors. Lots of theatrical opportunities yet to explore! Also interested in interrogating what these three stories have to do with each, because the current golden thread, while present, could definitely shine a little...
    Development Stage: This script has a couple of readings under its belt, and Cara Beth is interested in digging into the shifts between world as well as the division between the triple-cast actors. Lots of theatrical opportunities yet to explore! Also interested in interrogating what these three stories have to do with each, because the current golden thread, while present, could definitely shine a little brighter.

    Synopsis: Karen the cowgirl and Annie the time-traveling horse follow Suzanne—the love of Karen’s life—to 1822. Lyft driver K and passenger S navigate Chicago streets and awkward small talk. College besties Karen and Suzanne slowly close the gap of time and distance through pivotal moments in their lives.

    Three whimsical, poignant stories featuring female relationships at differing stages that explore the distance between two people, what connection really means, and the moments where you finally see what is in front of you.
  • OUTLAWS (In Development)
    Development Stage: This play was developed in a process of workshops that culminated in a staged reading, but it is itching for further development. Cara Beth has so much to explore in future drafts, from the development of a sense of danger to the stark comparison/contrast of past & present ramifications of prohibitions.

    Synopsis: The famous mobster Machine Gun Kelly died in Leavenworth...
    Development Stage: This play was developed in a process of workshops that culminated in a staged reading, but it is itching for further development. Cara Beth has so much to explore in future drafts, from the development of a sense of danger to the stark comparison/contrast of past & present ramifications of prohibitions.

    Synopsis: The famous mobster Machine Gun Kelly died in Leavenworth Prison after a life of crime, but how did he get there? Without his wife Kathryn, he never even would have had that machine gun. Without his wife Kathryn, he wouldn't have needed one. Without his wife Kathryn, he never would have been a criminal in the first place... unless you count the rum running. Kathryn doesn't like to lose, and she'll risk everything to keep what she's worked for. This play takes us back to the Prohibition Era to confront love and law in a time when our country attempted to regulate morality and got a little lost in the process.