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Frances Madeson

FRANCES MADESON  (1956 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Playwright and novelist, Frances Madeson, holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and the Graduate School and University Center of City University of New York. In addition to her plays, she has written three novels: Restaurant Week, Dancing for the Godfather of Soul and Cooperative Village. Published in May 2007, Cooperative Village is her debut book. Frances performed her one-woman show based on Cooperative Village in a four-week run in NYC May 8-31, 2008. excerpts are available on YouTube.

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below is a list of Frances Madeson's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

Candle Lit, The         Cooperative Village         Levin's Eulogy         Purim Tango, A         Shylock's Heart



Candle Lit, The

Synopsis:
Set on death row in Sing-Sing prison on June 15, 1953. ethel Rosenberg has four days to live before her execution by the United States government. Her night is filled with dreams, visitations and visions forcing her to confront her life, death and ethel Merman! a beautiful play of betrayal, courage, acceptance and transcendence.

Notes:
the Candle Lit was A finalist in the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition, June 1994; the Charlotte Festival/New Plays in America, September 1995; A semi-finalist in Playwrights First competition, May 1995; Do Gooder Productions New Playwright Competition, June 1998; And received staged readings At DOBOMa theatre, December 1994, the National Women's Studies Association Conference, Norman, OK, June 1995, And At Shakespeare & Co., Lenox, Ma, December 1996.

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Cleveland Public Theatre

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Cooperative Village

Synopsis:
When Frances finds a body in the laundry room of her building in the Lower east Side's Cooperative Village, it sets in motion a bizarrely comic yet terrifying chain of events. as Frances careens, dead body in tow, from laundry room to living room to library, she becomes a victim of Library Card Identity theft (LCIT) and comes under scrutiny of the US Government. For everyone who has ever wondered, not if Big Brother is watching, but how closely. . .
- press release

Notes:
Cooperative Village was presented by the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable At the New York Library Association Annual Conference, "connecting, Collaborating And Cooperating," November, 2008.

1st Produced:
the Gallery Space, the Church Street School for Music and art, NY    2008

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Carol MRP Co

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Levin's Eulogy

Synopsis:
Poetry professor Max Levin is dying alone in a hospital bed playing word games, parsing meaning, and comforting himself with metaphor right up to the final moment, leaving his nurse, daughter, student and dominatrix to sort out his legacy of decay and grace.

Notes:
Levin's eulogy was A finalist At the New Harmony Project, 1998, A semi-finalist of the Oglebay Playwriting Competition, April 1998; And received A staged reading presented by the Women's Reading Group of the UU Church of All Souls in NYC, June 1998.

1st Produced:
Staged reading at John Houseman theater    2001

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Purim Tango, A

Synopsis:
Set in March 1944 in the Hotel Dante alighieri, Buenos aires, argentina, a Purm Tango is a fantastical Drama about Margherita Sarfatti, Mussolini's mistress for over 20 years. Biblical Queens esther and Vashti call Sarfatti, a Jew, to account for her role in the rise of Italian fascism.

Notes:
a Purim Tango was A semi-finalist At the Eugene O-Neill National Playwrights Conference, June 1997

1st Produced:
Staged Reading at Jewish Repertory Theatre NYC    1995

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Shylock's Heart

Synopsis:
Spring 1553, the Jewish ghetto in Venice. Shylock's Heart is a Drama in two acts about the private life of Shakespeare's moneylender in the years prior to the clash with antonio.

Notes:
Shylock's Heart received two staged readings At the Charles Maryan Workshop, NYC, 1996

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