THE GRASS COUCH: New Title: BEING MAUREEN
Developed with The Directors Company in New York with Four Time Tony Nominee Tovah Feldshuh, and Broadway actors John Stanisci and Olivia Oguma, with Michael Parva directing. The readings were also produced by The Directors Company.
A Dramatic Comedy
Years of suppressed conflicts rise to the surface between Mother and son when DAVID, adrift in his life, is forced to take on the job of assistant to his famous and unstoppable mother, MAUREEN KELLY.
As Maureen becomes determined to have one more major success on stage in spite of a daunting obstacle, her relationship with David deteriorates further. The beleaguered son hires YUMI to lighten his work load and free his time to explore his own creative endeavors.
Yumi, a marine biology student intent on saving the planet by healing the ocean, unwittingly ends up healing the sea of trouble between mother and son.
Maureen eventually realizes that her new loving connection with David is the ultimate lifetime achievement .
* Early workshop productions in Los Angeles:
* Fierce Backbone Theatre Company;
Artworks Theatre Los Angeles.
* Produced originally as a one act play at Shorts & Briefs Festival,
Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood.
A dramedy made into an award winning film. The play is a long one act with four scenes and two characters, one set.
Running time: Approximately fifty minutes.
Lydia, a writer in 1896 St. Petersburg, Russia, is caught between her desire to live an artistically passionate life while pursuing an affair with Anton Chekhov, and her commitment to her children and her predictable husband, Mikhail.
*The Complex Theatre, Hollywood (as Chekhov's Vampire)
*Theatre East, Writers Festival, LA. Starring Anna with Neil Dickson.
*Women in Theatre Festival, Santa Monica
“A premier new play by promising new playwright.”
“Here is a premier play about the 19th Century Russian writer, Lydia Avilova, written by promising new playwright, Anna Scott. Chekhov's Vampire is designed, and well designed, to display the impressive talents and graces of actress/playwright Scott, which it does successfully and more besides. Her play is eloquent and blessedly literate. . . .” — Back Stage West
“Elegant and enticing. A visual delight” — LA Weekly
“Miss Scott’s characters speak so truthfully that at times it is hard to watch.....for we are seeing on stage what most of us try to avoid in life” The Trojan, Jan. ‘94
Valley Theatre League Award: Best production, “Ten” Writers’ Festival, Theatre East