As we continue staying home and staying safe, we are happy to be able to bring you another installment in the #MakeArtVirtual series.
“The Morning Glory Stories” by Scott Carter Cooper
Six short fables telling the story of the women of a fictional prairie town, Morning Glory, Iowa.
“Novena” — Two teens meet at a train trestle and discuss the meaning of life.
May – Alexandria Bressette
Linda – Mary Monroe
“By Hook or By Crook” — Three women wrestle with a plan of action for an unplanned pregnancy.
Clara – Keara Dixon
Roberta – Debbie Lake
Norma – Judy Harper
“The Girls of the Club Café” — A mother and daughter make plans for very different futures.
Metta – Trashan Donald
Joyce – Alexandria Bressette
“Over the Edge” — Two women confront a neighbor about a rumored affair.
Bessie – Judy Harper
Margery – Laurene Franjione
Mildred – Debbie Lake
“Stoned” — Two friends make a startling discovery while visiting the grave of a friend.
Beata – Trashan Donald
Elsie – Keara Dixon
“Catching Moonlight in a Sparkling White Dress” — A young woman jilts her fiancé and hops a train to Hollywood.
Lady – Keara Dixon
Tramp – Trashan Donald
Tech: Jacob Kaufman
Narrator: Anne Kukla
A Note from the Playwright:
“The Morning Glory Stories” is an anthology of fictionalized versions of family stories I’ve heard all my life. The women on both sides of my family have been dynamic achievers, and there were many stories of how my grandmother and her sisters worked to get through the Great Depression. Coming from Germany at the start of World War I, the Hansen women made their way to the Midwest and settled in northwest Iowa to start lives and raise families. The trains that ran through one of those towns represented many things to many people, but most of all it was sort of an umbilical cord to the rest of the world.
About the playwright:
Scott’s work has been presented in countries around the globe including Canada, Ireland, Germany, India and Japan. Domestically, his work has been seen by audiences with The Artistic Home, Intrinsic Theatre, The Nomads Arts Collective, The Arc Theatre, and Three Cat Productions. His work as been a regular part of the reading series with PUS in San Francisco as well as The Dandelion Theatre, Chicago Dramatists Playwrights Aloud, and iO’s Cold Reads, Hot Scripts.
As an actor, singer, director, and producer, Scott has worked with such Chicago companies as The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Steppenwolf, Theo Ubique, Bailiwick Repertory, Center Theatre, Circle Theatre, Trap Door, CityLit and countless other storefront theatres.
Scott Carter Cooper holds a BFA from Drake University and an MA in writing from DePaul University.
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