Writing one-person plays about famous women
is my special passion!
This is something I had wanted to do for a number of years, because there are so many great women whose stories are not well known -- even when their names are! I began by reading several biographies, searching for one that really set my imagination on fire. That happened in 2000, when I read Dava Sobel's Galileo's Daughter. As I got to know Suor Maria Celeste through her letters to her father, I thought, "This is the woman I have to start with! If she were alive today, we'd probably have pretty much the same philosophy on life!" That sense of personal connection prompted me to make my plays more than a simple re-telling of each woman’s life. In each case, I look for what I feel is the lesson the woman’s life embodied, the message she would like to share with us today.