Plays by Marcia Cebulska

The Bones of Butterflies

Zoe lives in the world of butterflies. She measures their wings and the height of their flight. She follows them to Mexico. Ania, her mother, wants her to stop her wandering, meet a handsome stranger and settle down. When Zoe kisses a stranger in the rain, everything changes–patterns emerge, secrets unfurl, and butterflies fall from the sky.

Rooted

ROOTED tells, in theatrical form, the story of Greensburg, Kansas, its devastating tornado and its rebuilding as a model ecological city, a green town. ROOTED was written as an adaptation of the ODYSSEY, that classic story of survival and homecoming, of loss and reunion. The text is based on personal interviews and community story circles and underscored with music by Kelley Hunt. The central metaphor of the play is a splintered tree, jagged and ripped apart, but with deep roots. Ecological and social justice themes are present in this humorous and moving play.

ROOTED was written and produced as a collaboration between the William Inge Center for the Arts, Cornerstone Theater Company of Los Angeles and the Greensburg Arts Center with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kansas Arts Commission, the William Inge Center for the Arts and the Center for Kansas Studies.

Doreen

Doreen missed her chance at being rodeo queen and she'd love to be wearing ruby red slippers but right now she's waiting in Greensburg for Mr. Leo Di Caprio.

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Tick Tock

Worried women and their families chat in a waiting room until they take action in a dance-y rebellion.

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More Than Books

A woman seeks the attention of her distracted husband by revealing secrets.

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Just One Thing

Three actors costumed as gigantic facial features are on their way to perform at an Indian pueblo when they make a wrong turn and run out of gas in the New Mexican desert. They fall in love, consider cannibalism, and play desert island games while madly trying to get rescued. Comedy.

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TOUCHED: The Last 2,000 Heartbeats of William Inge

Commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the William Inge Theatre Festival, TOUCHED explores the life of theatre icon Inge, the most produced playwright of the 1950s. Male actor plays Inge; female actor plays the characters of his life including Tennessee Williams, family members, the woman he almost married, Josh Logan, others. Lovely tinges of humor and beautiful imagery in this story of an artist's life, touched by madness, touched by genius. Premiered before an audience of theatre professionals, Inge scholars and hometown folk and received an instant standing ovation.

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Visions of Right

Written as a response to the anti-gay ministry of Rev. Fred Phelps, VISIONS OF RIGHT tells the story of a woman's increasing resistance to a minister who preaches hate until she discovers her own darker side.

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Now Let Me Fly

It is 1950 and Thurgood Marshall is exuberant in his enthusiasm to fly in the face of tradition and overthrow the United States Supreme Court doctrine of "Separate But Equal." But when the ghost of his mentor, Charles Houston, visits him, he is stricken with doubt. Houston takes Marshall on a journey, looking in on the lives and losses of the men and women working in the grassroots struggle against segregation. Together they visit Washington D.C., Farmville, Virginia, Hockessin, Delaware, Somerton, South Carolina, and Topeka, Kansas. They collect the thumbprints of the ordinary people who became activists in all five of the cases that went to the Supreme Court. Together, the thumbprints form a picture of determination, dignity and success. NOW LET ME FLY is the story of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the struggle to end legalized segregation in America.

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Flight

A woman, wishing to encourage a more adventurous spirit in her husband, lures him out on the wing of an in-flight airplane.

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Florida (aka Dreaming In Polish)

This realistic drama in the tradition of Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller explores the Floridian dreams and exploding passions of a Polish-American baker's family in the 1950s. FLORIDA is a favorite of theatre professionals and audiences alike.

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Dear John

Letters from the heart of a gay man and the woman he loves.

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...and when the bough breaks

How much are you willing to do for someone you love? A woman asks her sister to bear a child for her. Received stunning reviews when it premiered.

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Centaurs

The last cowboy saves the life of a woman who is the last nun in her order, this is a tale of endangered species and love.

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Belongings

Three homeless women wait in a park. One of them is lying still, silent. The two others discuss James Joyce, bubble dancing and food. When they discover the third to have died, they go through her belongings, uncovering her past. They bury the dead woman, like an Egyptian queen, surrounded by her belongings, covered in newspaper.

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