Lesley Scammell

Lesley Scammell

I was born and brought up in England but have lived in America for many years. I received a NYFA grant for my first play and spent the next few years working and putting on my plays with theatre companies in Ireland, Omaha and Seattle before returning to New York City to get my MFA in theatre from The New School. I have been a finalist in the Ensemble Studio Theatre's Marathon, a Jerome Fellowship and the...
I was born and brought up in England but have lived in America for many years. I received a NYFA grant for my first play and spent the next few years working and putting on my plays with theatre companies in Ireland, Omaha and Seattle before returning to New York City to get my MFA in theatre from The New School. I have been a finalist in the Ensemble Studio Theatre's Marathon, a Jerome Fellowship and the Princess Grace Awards, amongst others. My plays have had readings at MCC Theatre, New Dramatists and Luna Stage.
In 2017 I attended the Great Plains Theatre Conference. I am 2018 recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship.
I am married and have a daughter.

Plays

  • Cannibals
    Cannibals synopsis


    It’s Christmas Eve and Mary Agnes, home from university for the holidays, is in need of some Christmas cheer. She won’t find it here. Dad, Byron drowns his sorrows in booze. Mother, Katie drowns hers in tea. Her younger sister, Anna Livia prefers the glowing ember of a cigarette against her skin. Together, they wait for Abbey, the oldest child, whose bus may or may not...
    Cannibals synopsis


    It’s Christmas Eve and Mary Agnes, home from university for the holidays, is in need of some Christmas cheer. She won’t find it here. Dad, Byron drowns his sorrows in booze. Mother, Katie drowns hers in tea. Her younger sister, Anna Livia prefers the glowing ember of a cigarette against her skin. Together, they wait for Abbey, the oldest child, whose bus may or may not be stuck in the snow. Cannibals is about a family so that has so deeply buried its past that the past has disappeared leaving only the trauma that it wreaked.
  • Tree
    JUDE: Perhaps if I had not fallen that day you would not have noticed me and we would have walked past each other as it seems we did every day for so many years and we would have continued to walk past each other for years to come.

    Tree is a play about loneliness, otherness and deep friendship.
  • A Perfect Existence
    In an effort to move past the violent loss of her daughter, Alison, having recently moved to the neighborhood, invites her new neighbors over for drinks. Robert, her husband, prefers the company of his dog, Rufus, who turned up on their doorstep unexpectedly one day. Adam, the neighbor, is only too happy to accept the invitation, as he’d like a word with Robert about the matter of Rufus digging up his radishes...
    In an effort to move past the violent loss of her daughter, Alison, having recently moved to the neighborhood, invites her new neighbors over for drinks. Robert, her husband, prefers the company of his dog, Rufus, who turned up on their doorstep unexpectedly one day. Adam, the neighbor, is only too happy to accept the invitation, as he’d like a word with Robert about the matter of Rufus digging up his radishes. Charlotte, his pregnant wife is just happy to meet new people and share the joy of her impending motherhood. Later, the two couples and the dog, who has problems of his own, ponder what it means to suffer the worst a parent can possibly face and discover that the only way though it all is each other.

Recommended by Lesley Scammell

  • Wounds & Honey
    17 Nov. 2017
    I saw Wounds and Honey at the Great Plains Theatre Festival and love the way it tackles a terrible situation with humour and without condescension, not an easy task. Grief can lead us to strange and extreme things and Stacy manages to make the actions of these characters completely believable. There is something very generous and kind about the way she portrays the human experience.