As a playwright, what's your MO?
In writing a play, I coax our common demons to come out and, well, play in broad daylight where we can all see them. The plot provides the playground; the conflict determines the game. The outcome could be sad, funny, or usually a combination of the two. Whatever the case, I strive to provide an audience with a riveting ride to the story’s end.
My plays have been produced from New York to Los Angeles, where my drama CAFFEINE SOCIETY won an LA Dramalog award for Best Play. Regional production credits include I GOT SHOES, commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville and produced by Summerworks/U Mass. at Amherst. Recent regional and virtual credits include GETTING BACK TO SWITZERLAND (Stage Left, Spokane, WA); INEZ & ALICE CONSORT (Spark Creative Works); DESIGNATED DRIVER (New Deal Creative Arts Center, New Hyde Park, NY); THE RUNNING OF THE DEER (Occupy the Stage ‘22/NWTF); TRY THIS AT HOME (Aery Theatre Festival, Garrison, NY); and FREE SHIPPING EVERY DAY (Axial Theatre, Pleasantville, NY). My work has also received staged readings and workshops in venues such as American Place Theatre, The Lambs Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and Circle Repertory Theatre. A former member of The Women’s Project in New York, I'm a three-time finalist for the Heideman Award and a finalist for the FDG/CBS New Plays Award.
The Running of the Deer
Ambitious but conflicted, a Latinx PR associate spins a social media campaign for a fossil-fuel magnate convicted of a heinous environmental crime.
Production (Virtual): Occupy the Stage ‘22/National Women’s Theatre Festival
Judith and her wife, Daphne, befriend their neighbor Tommy – a young man with fetal alcohol syndrome – little suspecting the pivotal role he will shortly come to play in their lives.
Production: New Deal Creative Arts Center, New Hyde Park, NY
Getting Back to Switzerland
A server channels patrons past in a restaurant shuttered by Covid19.
Production: Stage Left Theatre, Spokane, WA
Inez & Alice Consort
March 3, 1913. Alice Paul wants her Woman Suffrage Procession to proceed as planned, but lead attraction Inez Milholland presents last-minute complications.
Production (Virtual): Spark Creative Works, Huntington, NY
Staged Reading: Itinerant Theatre, Lake Charles, LA
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"...Historical, yet so relevant and lively … I was reading it with my jaw hanging open. Maynard has such a way with language – and I love the way her dialogue hovers between poetry and the one-two punch." - Rachel Carnes, NPX
Free Shipping Every Day
At the height of the Christmas season in an Amazon super-warehouse, a new hire gets a crash course in workplace survival.
Production: Axial Theatre, Pleasantville, NY
Staged Reading: Westchester Collaborative Theatre, Ossining, NY
Try This at Home
Polly wants weekly sex with Mel. Mel wants something more. Mel’s wife wants something altogether different.
Production: Aery Theatre Festival, Garrison, NY
Finalist: Stray Kats Theatre Still Crazy After All These Years
An ex-drunk casts a lifeline to a newcomer hitting bottom before an AA meeting.
Production: Powerhouse Theatre, LA
Production: Actors Conservatory Ensemble at the Lex Theatre, LA
Workshop: Chal Productions, NY (Al Pacino, producer)
“…a searing tale of emotional wreckage and redemption."
- LA Reader
“... a sparkling gem … a major home run.” - Sober Times
“Be sure to get a front-row seat for the next scheduled gathering of Caffeine Society at the Powerhouse Theatre.” - DramaLogue
- LA DramaLogue Best Play Award