Catherine Butterfield is probably best known for her plays JOINED AT THE HEAD and THE SLEEPER. Other produced full-length plays include TO THE BONE, LIFE EXPECTANCY, IT HAS TO BE YOU, BROWNSTONE, WHERE THE TRUTH LIES, SNOWING AT DELPHI and LIFE IN THE TREES. Her newest play, TOP OF THE WORLD is slated to premiere at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in the fall of ‘22. Two short films were recently produced by the Interact Theatre of LA; ANOTHER BIRTHDAY IN BEDLAM won awards at Top Shorts, Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles Film Awards, and the Festigious Film Festival where she won for Best Original Story and FAULTLESS won Best Sci Fi short. She and husband Ron West created a web series on Youtube entitled LIFE DURING LOCKDOWN, which consists of (so far) 64 short sketches about their life and the lives of their friends during the Covid-19 crisis. Awards: George E. Oppenheimer/New York Newsday Award, Roger L. Stevens Kennedy Center award, and the Kaufman & Hart Award. JOINED AT THE HEAD, in which she also performed was nominated for a Drama Desk award. Commissions: Manhattan Theatre Club and Laguna Playhouse. TV writing/producing: Grimm, Ghost Whisperer, Fame LA and Party of Five. Plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Concord Theatricals and Playscripts, Inc. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
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I'll never have a more gratifying moment in the theatre than when the woman about whom I had written the play "Joined at the Head" came to see it at the Manhattan Theatre Club, just a couple of months before she died. To heighten the pressure even more I was portraying the role based on her, a remarkably strong, humorous, kind, blazingly honest woman with cancer. The fact that she fought so much pain to get there was evidence of her indomitable spirit -- she flew in from Boston with her husband and had to use a walker to get up the street from her hotel to City Center (the longest walk of his life, her husband said,) upon which the MTC people rolled out the red carpet for her. Her husband told me that every night after that she would remark when it was half hour, that now, the actors must be getting into costume, that now the show must be starting. He said it was as if it were keeping her alive, because she was so very, very fragile. And on the final day of our run, she died. There's nothing more to say about the impact of theatre after that experience.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON:
A feature film screenplay entitled TOUCH ANYWHERE.
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