Art is nothing without risk and risk requires vulnerability. As a playwright I explore everyday uncomfortable issues with humor, honesty, and a willingness to be vulnerable. I always hope to connect with an audience and spark their curiosity, to assure my viewers that they are not alone in their feelings and experiences and encourage them to investigate these issues further. My plays often reflect my passion for women’s rights and furthering sexual health education, but I also take inspiration from the daily lives of ordinary twenty-somethings like myself, particularly when it comes to relationships and dating. I write because something at my core won’t be satisfied until I do. Most often the story doesn’t become clear until I’ve written it out in chunks and put all the puzzle pieces in their proper order, but I know that once I do so, I’ll have learned something about myself or the world around me. I hope my audience has the same experience.
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by Emma Carter
Role Play received a staged reading at the Writer’s Place in August of 2018. Featured actors included: Alisa Lynn, Elizabeth Kerlin, Vanessa Davis, R.H Wilhoit, Roan Ricker, Jake Golliher and Kaitlin Gould.
Full-Length II Coming of Age Comedy II 4f, 3m
Synopsis: Taylor is the social pariah of her freshman class. Mycah is the new girl. Both seek refuge from the tortures of real life by escaping into books, and when Mycah invites Taylor to join her in an online RPG--Role Play Game--Taylor finds a haven for outcasts like herself who obsess over anime, video games, and fanfiction. But when the politics of high school social dynamics put pressure on Mycah and Taylor' RL friendship, both stand to lose everything they've created and more.
Book and lyrics by Emma Carter
Music and lyrics by Krista Pojman
Spellbound received a staged reading at The Living Room Theater in February of 2018. Cast included performers: Jamie DeAnn Turner, Chioma Anyanwu, Pancho Javier, Rebecca Munoz, Mike Ott, Joshua Gleeson, Kyle Dyck, Margaret Shelby, Christiana Coffey, Ryan Tucker, and Michael Golliher.
Full-Length II Comedy, Adventure, PG-13 II 5m, 6f
Synopsis: Spellbound is a musical fairytale epic! Trouble is brewing in the kingdom of Highguard. Prince Dashing is engaged to marry Princess Kai of Seaborn, in a union that will mend their two broken lands. On the eve of a royal wedding Prince Dashing goes missing, and it’s up Kai and Dashing's little sister, Princess Emalia, to bring him home. Our heroes break the wand of a fearsome warlock to set Dashing free, but the prince scorns their rescue and claims the glory for himself. Disheartened, but determined to save her people, Kai marries Dashing regardless--only to fall pray to mysterious sleeping curse. Now Emalia must use true love's kiss to awaken Kai, before Seaborn and Highguard tear each other apart. Will she find the courage inside to do so?
Bed Play: The Elements of Intimacy
Bed Play: The Elements of Intimacy (A Workshop Production) was written and produced by Emma Carter in 2017 at The Living Room Theatre. After receiving a public staged reading in January, the play ran for a week in July, under the direction of Katie Gilchrist, featuring R.H. Wilhoit, Alisa Lynn, Kyra Weinberger and T. Eric Morris.
Approx. Run-Time An hour and forty-five minutes II 15 minute Intermission.
Full-Length II Dramedy II 2f, 2m
Synopsis: Julia and Darren are making their way through the dating scene as best they can - despite some massive complications. Caught up in a world of swiping right and STDs, we follow both through a series of intimate, embarrassing, beautiful moments as they try to nail down what is it to connect in the 21st century.
7 Deadly Women
7 Deadly Women was co-written, co-produced, co-directed by Erika Baker & Emma Carter. Includes original music by Teri Quinn. Received a two-week run in November 2016.
Approx. Run-Time 90 minutes II No Intermission II
Full-Length II Women's Issues II Any Number of Women
Synopsis: A compilation of vignettes, each highlighting different issues experienced by women in their day-to-day lives. From ancient greek philosophers to aliens from a distant planet, 7 Deadly Women whisks audiences through human history with stories both humorous and heartbreaking. Its all-female cast tackles issues such as beauty standards, gender stereotypes, rape culture, sexual health, and more. Part celebration, part exploration, 7 Deadly Women examines the struggles of both men and women and the dialogue that can emerge when we compare our common experiences.
Pictured Above: Melissa Fennewald, Alisa Lynn, Bonnie Griffin, Mackenzie Goodwin, Carolyn Kern, Ellyn Calvert, and Stefanie Stevens.
Wicked Creatures has received a public reading at The Living Room Theater and was selected for production at TLR as part of Kansas City's Fringe Festival, 2016. It ran in rep with three other fringe shows for a week and played to consistently sold-out houses.
Approx. Run-Time 90 minutes II Optional 10 minute Intermission.
Full-Length II Dark Comedy II 3f, 2m
Synopsis: Lights up: England, the 1880s. When the mysterious, cross-dressing Sonja Smithson invites Archibald Worthington to her home for the evening, the young scholar finds himself a prisoner to Sonja and her two companions: the "incorruptibly good" Emily Clearwater, and the humorously foul-mouthed Clara Hollowell. At their mercy, Archibald is forced to perform sexual acts in the pursuit of the greatest scientific invention his captors can imagine: the perfect female contraceptive. Desperate to escape, Archibald appeals to Emily, and in moment of passion, she finally finds the courage to stand up for herself and what she believes.
Pictured Above: Emma Carter
Junk was written as part of The Living Room Theater's playwrighting seminar with Bryan Moses. It received a private staged reading and was then selected for a workshop production at TLR, beginning what will be forever be known as the "Junk" slot, reserved exclusively for new works to be workshopped at TLR. Check out review by Liz Cook, writer for KC'S The Pitch.
Approx. Run Time 2 hrs II 10-minute Intermission
Full-Length II Dramedy II 3f, 1m
Synopsis: Gabe, freshly heartbroken by the seemingly perfect Quinn, teeters between catatonic despair and wild ambition. A tough but tender-hearted Al, with a painful past of her own, finds purpose enabling him. Both use one another to hide from the reality they're not willing to confront. When Gabe says he’s found new purpose in attempting to meet every goal on his “not a bucket list,” the puzzle pieces of their timeline are reassembled for the audience, in exploration of love, friendship, and life as a 20-something today. When Al realizes that Gabe is still clinging to the past, their friendship is put to the test, and Gabe is forced to face his demons.
Pictured Above: Original cast members Ben Auxier and Melissa Fennewald.