Nancy Temple has written short and full-length plays. Her plays have been produced in numerous festivals in the US, Europe and Canada. Most recently, her short play “Ties that Bind” was chosen by Broken Arts Entertainment for their podcast. Her play for high-schoolers, “Victoria for President! 1872” was published by Next Stage Press (2020). Her full-length “The Caregivers,” received a staged reading by the North Shore Readers in December of 2020, and was published ARTemis Wisdom Anthology (2021). “Riverbend Blue,” a short story, was accepted for publication by riverSedge, the annual publication of the University of Texas Rio Grande. Nancy received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in June 2021.
MORE ABOUT ME
Because I began writing plays close to retirement age, I'd say the most gratifying (and astonishing) moment was watching my very first play in production at the Image Theatre, in Lowell, MA. The dialogue in this short play was based on emails and conversations between me and my husband during his affair (and before our divorce). I watched two actors deliver familiar lines exactly as I had imagined them spoken as I wrote the play. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up. The audience gasped when the man received a text from his lover. At the end, the woman behind me said, "That was intense." At that point, I knew I had to keep writing plays. The experience was transformative.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I have recently been writing short plays derived from stories I am working on. I have just written a new short play that is both a stand-alone and the third chapter in a series of short plays. All three plays are about four people whom I have come to know intimately through writing about them. I'm now interested in seeing whether their journey could be written as a story/novella. It's interesting to move between the two mediums, plays and prose.
Relational dynamics, Family relationships, Transgender issues, Adoption, Racism, Immigration
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