Robin Rice

ALICE IN BLACK AND WHITE

Photographer Alice Austen struggles for independence in Victorian society as a modern-day writer searches for her in this true story about love.

ALLIE'S APPENDIX

Allie finds that the crucial operation at St. Anthony’s Hospital isn’t losing her appendix but losing her mother.

EVERYDAY EDNA MAE

As Edna Mae matures from 25 to 65, her struggle to create art intensifies and obstructions increase until finally she breaks from her past and claims her dream.

FRONTIER

Will a messianic wolf and a misguided girl save mankind before Mother Nature runs out of patience?

HUMANS REMAIN

A peaceful family, hidden in the mountains away from society, faces disease, loss of leadership, and exposure to the modern world.

O RUMBLES OF JOY!

A sculptor struggles against advice, opinions, and wild ideas to create an iconic sculpture.

ONE-ACT PLAYS AND PERFORMANCE MONOLOGUES

Two short comedies and two performance monologues about strong, fascinating women who have colored the world’s landscape from the 19th Century to the present.

SUKI LIVINGSTON OPENS LIKE A PARACHUTE

A woman artist who has lost the ability to create travels back in time and relives important moments in her life hand-in-hand with her younger self, in order to face a devastating choice once again and hopefully emerge guilt-free so her creativity can flow once again.

THE FORTIFICATION OF MISS GRACE WREN

An elementary school teacher is so traumatized by the events of 9/11 she can’t return to the classroom until a statue of Peter Stuyvesant comes to life and gives her a renewed will to live.

THE POWER OF BIRDS

When Zoe’s mother relocates twin siblings to a different state, Zoe builds a treehouse and kidnaps her grandmother in a plan she hopes will help her beloved father locate her.

WOMEN W/O WALLS

Three women are trapped in an express subway train and the cobweb-covered nurse on board refuses to divulge where they are going, persisting in knitting and dispensing licorice.

The Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts are in my blood. I was afraid my idyllic, peaceful childhood would be a barrier to honest dramatic writing. But I joined the electric charge that is New York City, dug down deep, and discovered that Yankee blood flows with a dangerously strong current. Twenty years later, my plays speak to people all over the world. Productions have ranged from Mongolia to South Africa to Canada. Most recently, PLAY NICE! ran Off-Broadway and LISTEN! THE RIVER will preview at 59E59 Theatre in New York before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, 2012. ALICE IN BLACK AND WHITE will be premiered in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2013.

Before writing plays I was a journalist and fine artist. These early careers were building blocks. Journalism reinforces structure and visual creativity infuses my plays with an Impressionistic quality. Wise mentors have included Milan Stitt and Arthur Giron. I have an advanced degree in playwriting, but experiential learning is the best and most joyful. I will never forget director Tracy Bersley and five generous actors who literally left their egos outside a dusty rehearsal room door to collaborate on SUKI LIVINGSTON OPENS LIKE A PARACHUTE week after week. Nobody was paid anything. There was no production in sight. It was making theater at its purest. It was magic.

To date I have written over 50 plays, including 16 full lengths. They range from comedic 10-minute snapshots to two-hour, large-cast dramas. My subjects often involve the environment, creativity, artists, and individuals struggling to find their individual voices. For synopses of all plays, current and upcoming gigs, my full resume (including awards) and miscellaneous fun, please refer to my website.