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Kathleen Tolan

KATHLEEN TOLAN

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Peregrine Whittlesey Agency  

Kathleen Tolan worked for years as an actor. Her plays include A Weekend Near Madison, Kate's Diary, Approximating Mother, A Girl's Life and the Wax. they have been produced in regional Theatres (including Trinity Repertory Theatre and the Actors Theatre of Louisville), in New York (including Playwrights Horizons, the Public Theatre and the Women's Project) and in Europe. She has received various commissions and awards. Her translation ofMarivaux's False Servant was recently produced by the Classic Stage Company. She is the recipient of the 2005 McKnight National Residency and Commission. She is a member of the Writers Guild, the Dramatists Guild and PEN. She teaches playwriting at SUNY Purchase. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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

        Approximating Mother         Chicago Boys         Forest, The         Memory House         Wax, The         Weekend Near Madison, A         What To Listen For



Approximating Mother

Synopsis:
Fran and Molly are best friends; Molly is already a mother and is expecting again, but Fran is approaching 40 and has yet to find a potential father, let alone husband, amid a comic slew of failed suitors and blind dates, each of whom we hear about in hystErically funny and embarrassing detail during Fran and Molly's frequent days out together. When Molly delivers, Fran is so moved and slightly envious that she sets out to explore the possibilities of single motherhood, eventually winding up with a shady lawyer who will arrange for Fran to adopt an unwanted baby if she'll cover the mother's medical costs. Meanwhile, the mother, an Indiana teenager named Jen, is debating her decision to give up the baby. When the baby is born, Fran makes the mistake of showing up at the hospital where she accidentally runs into Jen and begins to realise that she's just taken part in an illegal adoption. After she's returned to the city with the baby, Fran has dreams about the baby's natural mother that haunt her, along with th

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1st Produced:
Judith Anderson Theatre, NY    1991

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Women's Project

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1984   -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  5            Other:  doubling

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Chicago Boys

Synopsis:
Joe a young economist leaves Chicago for Santiago to promote free trade. A revolution erupts and Joe finds himself involved along with a group of Chileans all educated in Chicago and known as the Chicago Boys

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1st Produced:
Goodman Theatre, Chicago    27 Oct 2011

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Drama

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Forest, The

Synopsis:
Before Chekhov, there was Alexander Ostrovsky, Russia's first great theatrical reformer, who forged comedy and Drama into a remarkably rich theatrical mix, paving the way for a generation of modern Russian playwrights. In this romantic romp, the most dangerous creatures in the forest are two vagabond actors, posing as gentry, who crash a nearby estate, turning an orderly manor upside down.
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Original Playwright - Alexander Ostrovsky

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Genre:
Translation

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Male:  7            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Memory House

Synopsis:
One winter night a woman bakes a pie as a girl tries to finish her college essay. As the deadline looms, unexamined issues of the girl's adoption from Russia, the rupture of her parents divorce, and the fear of leaving home break through the surface as the mother cajoles, deflects, and maneuvers around her own feelings of sadness and loss. Unfolding in real time,Memory House is about a young and an older woman who are forced to grapple with the past as they face an uncertain future. A funny and moving story about the complexity of living in the world today.

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80-90 min Comedy/Drama

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Wax, The

Synopsis:
At an out of town wedding, in a hotel by the sea, a bevy of soul-searching writers and scientists finds itself catapulted into full existential crisis. When lust and longing pervade, passion and poetry prevail, in this postmodern ode to middle-age mania.

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Running time: 80-100

1st Produced:
Playwrights Horizons (New York, NY, United States)    2001

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Playscripts, Inc., 2003   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Weekend Near Madison, A

Synopsis:
Old college friends from the 60s reunite after a five-year separation and confront each other with their choices of political involvement, careers, sexuality, and parenthood

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Samuel French Inc, New York, 1984   -

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Comedy/Drama Comedy. - - Lesbian, theme/character, full length

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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What To Listen For

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How we discover ourselves through our exposure to music and the experience of musicians and composers.

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