This is by no means a complete list, but it’s work of which I’m proud. Please feel free to contact me for further details at lyharris at gmail dot com.
As of May, 2014, my MFA thesis, Wide Open Spaces, is resting comfortably. Georgia O’Keeffe wants to make something truly huge, but life in New York crumbles down on her. She quits painting, but can’t leave her work unfinished, and has to find her way back to wide open space.
The Wreck of the Alberta had a staged reading, directed by Liz Carlson, as part of Temple University’s MFA Playfest, in May, 2014. Cat comes home from a year in a mental institution to find that the only member of her family not trapped in their own shipwreck is her autistic brother’s hand puppet. Can she ferry them to safety, or do they need a reality TV show?
Walter’s Table was produced as part of the Radical Jewish Symposium, at Paley Library at Temple University, in April of 2014. Walter Lowenfels divides his life between family, journalism, and community work, but hides his innate need to create poetry. A young journalist asks Walter to decide what value their work has; can they create journalism with lyric impact, or are they just filling column inches?
Traveling Light was produced by Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress, on September 6-14, 2013, at the Skybox at the Adrienne Theater. It was directed by Liam Castellan.
Fox Haven had a staged reading, directed by Liz Carlson, as part of Temple University’s MFA Playfest, in May, 2013. A troubled science teacher and his Quaker school wake up one morning to find a giant rock has inexplicably appeared in their meeting house. Why and how is it there, what does it mean, and what do they do now?
It’s Kevin’s Show earned the place of semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2012 National Playwrights Conference. Kevin, an autistic puppeteer, makes an audition video of his epic show about his heroic lineage and surviving storms, but his materials are too weak for what’s inside his head.
Phoebe and the Lotus was read at The Adrienne Theatre as part of the ten-minute play workshop for PlayPenn 2011. Phoebe meets her estranged father. Their test of each other means she gets to drive his vintage Lotus, but neglected legacies can be dangerous.
Currently, I’m an MFA candidate in the Playwriting program at Temple University.
Traveling Light was produced by Theatre Pro Rata in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 9-28, 2010. It was performed in Layman’s Cemetery. It was workshopped by Philadelphia Theatre Workshop in their Second Playshop Festival, March 7-22, 2009.
Hanging was produced by Shelterbelt Theatre Company in Omaha, Nebraska, as part of From Shelterbelt With Love. It was read in The Great Plains Theater Conference in 2007 and performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2003 as part of Mounted and Framed by The Surface Tension Project at The Print Center.
The Philly Fringe has been a frequent obsession of mine. The Brick Playhouse’s production Flip The Script included my play Light n’ Frosty, and in 2002 XX Theatre produced Mixed Drinks at O’Neals’ Pub, which included the full version of Seven Margaritas.
In the past, I have written theatre reviews and features for Phawker.com. I have served as a script reader for the literary departments at The McCarter Theatre Center and The Wilma Theater. I ran “The In-Between Stage,” the weekly writers’ workshop for The Brick Playhouse for a year. I have written, directed and acted in more 24-hour plays than you can shake a stick at.
I have also written hundreds of press releases, created postcards, print ads, posters, created and executed marketing campaigns, sold tickets and subscriptions, and performed all aspects of arts marketing.
Synopses and first ten pages of any of my plays are available upon request: e-mail me at lyharris @ gmail . com. Looking for an audition monologue? Take a look at these and see if either of them fit.