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Some updates…

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately!

Pocketful of Sand will have a reading in New York in June as part of the Alliance/Kendeda National Playwriting Award.

Still Quiet will have a reading in New York in July with the Navigators. Very excited to work on this play about alien abductees with this brand new, sci-fi theatre company!

Just finished a brand new YA adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for Mudlark Theatre running May 7-10 and May 14-17.

Working on a new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland with my dear friend and collaborator David Hanzal premiering May 14-17 in Minneapolis.


Working on a short piece for Chicago LiveWire Theatre’s VisionFest. More details soon!

Invited to return for a second year as part of TimeLine Theatre’s Writer’s Collective to continue working on my lady magician play, The Grand Illusion Show.




News news news!

everybody hurts (sometimes) has been selected for the final 30 as part of Sam French’s OOB Play Festival. Read all about it.

– No Home for Bees returns to the LARK this week for a roundtable reading

– Little Miss Laura Ingalls Wilder will be developed with Sideshow theatre as part of their new “Freshness” initiative and will receive a workshop reading in September.More information can be found here.

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014…

Looking back, 2013 was a pretty lovely year.

In January, I traveled to Aspen with Theatre Masters to see my short piece SAFE CITY HAVEN have a life with some spectacular actors. It was later remounted off-Broadway in April. My play FOR THE FALLS was selected for the University of Iowa’s New Play Festival and premiered in May. My short play EVERYBODY HURTS (SOMETIME) was a City Theatre National Award Finalist, and I traveled to Miami to see it performed and met some fantastic, life-changing fellow writers along the way. I spent the summer in my beloved Chicago where my new play POCKETFUL OF SAND had a staged reading as part of LiveWire Chicago Theatre’s Unplugged Series. I came back to Iowa in September to work on a new adaptation of THE IMAGINARY INVALID for the University of Iowa’s Main Stage. In October, I traveled to Texas as part of the UIowa/UT- Austin MFA Playwright’s Exchange to eat BBQ, drink bourbon, and develop my play NO HOME FOR BEES while FOR THE FALLS had a staged reading in Boston with The Happy Medium Theatre Company. I had my second to last Workshop in December and premiered a brand spanking new play about the first female magician tentatively titled THE GRAND ILLUSION SHOW.

Whoa. That’s way more than I thought!

So what’s next?

First up, in January I’m heading to New Mexico to further develop FOR THE FALLS at the High Desert Conference in January. Then POCKETFUL OF SAND will premiere as part of the University of Iowa’s Gallery Series running February 19-22.

And (fingers crossed) more to come!

Not your Mama’s Moliere…

A brand new adaptation of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid that I co-wrote with Kristi Banker, Carol MacVey and our killer cast opens this Thursday night at the University of Iowa and runs this weekend and next! If you’re in the area, definitely check it out!

The Imaginary Invalid

adapted by Emily Dendinger, Kristi Banker, Carol MacVey and cast

directed by Carol MacVey

An aging hypochondriac with a miserly streak, Argan decides the key to solving his medical needs is to marry off his daughter to a doctor. Unfortunately for him, his gold-digging wife, his wise-cracking maid, and his daughter have other ideas. A fun, fresh take on Molière’s most often produced comedy; this new adaptation takes a close look at the medical industry, the source of many of Argan’s ills. With comic disguises, feigned deaths, an improvised opera, and Molière’s brilliant wit, The Imaginary Invalid could be just what the doctor ordered for a fun evening in the theatre.

 Tickets and more information can be found here:

Keeping Austin Weird…

I’m down in Austin, Texas for the week working on my new play No Home for Bees as part of the University of Iowa/University of Texas-Austin’s Playwright Exchange. Already I’ve eaten great tacos, tasted a few fine local brews, seen more than a couple cowboys and had a terrific first rehearsal with a stellar cast. Good work, Austin. 

Pocketful of Sand will appear as Part of LiveWire: Unplugged

A FREE staged reading and discussion of
by Emily Dendinger

The Black Duck
1800 North Halsted St.

Directed by Krista D’Agostino
Featuring: Erika Geller, Fred Geyer, and Robert Koon
Dramaturg: Jenni Page-White

Pocketful of Sand tells the story of an old man named Coco who harvests souls from bodies he pulls from the sea, and how he comes to teach his trade to a young orphan girl named Sunny. As the more sinister aspects of Coco’s work begin to emerge, Sunny must decide for herself whether or not the work they are doing outweighs the costs. Her choice is further complicated with the arrival of a child soldier named Cork, who offers her a life she never even dreamed possible. Pocketful of Sand asks the question what does it mean to die, and how far are we willing to go to help the lives of others?

Join us at The Black Duck on Sunday, August 11th at 7:30 pm for our next installment of our series! Grab a drink, order some food, and wrap up your weekend with a Chicago premiere reading.

LiveWire Chicago’s Unplugged Reading Series seeks to connect our community to scripts at their most personal; that intimate place where the words and the world of a play are first heard before the rest of the production follows. Unplugged presents scripts in various stages of completion–from first drafts to published pieces–that have never before been produced on a Chicago stage.

LiveWire Unplugged is a FREE reading series. Donations welcome. Food and beverages will be available for you to purchase from the bar.

Found on my desktop…

“It’s no trick loving somebody at their best. Love is loving them at their worst. Isn’t that romantic? Well, good. Everything should be romantic.” — The Real Thing