When Something Wonderful Ends
a one woman, one Barbie play
by Sherry Kramer

Part of the fun of the Reading Series is revisiting a play at different stages of its development.  Sherry Kramer is a longtime friend of the MFA Playwriting Program at Ohio University.  When she served as a playwriting mentor at the 2005 Seabury Quinn Jr., Playwrights’ Festival, she was writing When Something Wonderful Ends.  Typical of Sherry’s generous spirit, she allowed Shelley Delaney to direct a public reading of this one woman show with SEVEN actresses!  The play went on to have its world premiere at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville in 2007, and has had numerous productions worldwide since then.

This is an autobiographical play for Ms. Kramer.  After the death of her mother, Sherry’s family home goes up for sale.  Sifting through memories of a seemingly simpler time as she packs up her baby-boom childhood, Sherry begins to connect the dots between her Barbie collection and America’s place in the rest of the world. A touching, funny, deeply personal and daringly global one-woman, one-Barbie play.

The reading will be presented by the Brick Monkey Theatre Ensemble, southeast Ohio’s only professional theater company, directed by Shelley Delaney and featuring Merri Biechler.

When? 7:30pm on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Where? ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH.
Admission is free. (Click poster above to enlarge.)

Sherry Kramer’s work has been seen at theaters across the country and abroad, including the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory Theatre, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York’s Second Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and The Theater of the First Amendment.  She is a recipient of NEA, New York Foundation for the Arts and McKnight Fellowships, the Weissberger Playwriting Award, and a New York Drama League Award (What A Man Weighs), the LA Women in Theater New Play Award (The Wall of Water), and the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (David’s Redhaired Death), and a commission from A.S.K. (The Mad Master).  She was the first national member of New Dramatists, and teaches playwriting at Bennington College, and in the MFA programs of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and the Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas, Austin.