The Hope Hypothesis
When a law student arrives at an American government facility to finalize her immigration paperwork, her “unusual” birth certificate triggers an absurd series of events that take on a life of their own, engulfing everyone they touch. A dark comedy, the play asks how we have arrived at this place of suspicion and fear and what it means to us as individuals and as a society.
The Handmaid’s Tale (a theatrical adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel)
What happens when the revolution is over? Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of one woman’s life in the Republic of Gilead, an authoritarian regime in what was, until recently, the United States of America. Offred is a handmaid, one of the few remaining fertile women, given to a wealthy and powerful couple to bear “their” children. As weeks stretch into months and this strange new world becomes the norm, Offred must turn to us: to preserve the life she knew, to hold fast to her dreams of escape and to face her own complicity.
Standard of Care (in progress)
An exploration of the state of emergency medical care in the United States and the ways providers and patients become trapped in a system that mistreats and bankrupts the very people it was designed to help. Based on a true story. (It’s a comedy.)
Co-written with Caroline Prugh:
Inspired by the true story of Clara Immerwahr, the first woman to get her PhD in chemistry in Germany and the first wife of controversial chemist Fritz Haber, IMMERWAHR places Clara in conversation with her near contemporary Marie Curie and together the women navigate difficult questions of genius, circumstance, will, societal pressures, and even luck.
Want to read one? Drop me an email at catseamiller at gmail dot com!