Ann Gillespie is a Playwright.
Full-Length Plays and Musicals
The Federal Theatre was the most audacious part of the 1934 “New Deal”: it kept a generation of diverse artists working on theatre, circus, dance and more for all 50 states at 25¢ per ticket. This screwball comedy follows the madcap pace in the office of their leader Hallie Flannagan: including a tap-dancing plumber, and Orson Wells advancing on her secretary. It takes sharp wit to navigate threats, leaks, egos and invoices, and to stay open, producing work that is “Free, Adult and Uncensored”.
Just before the electricity in her house stops talking to her, the refrigerator tells Kate she needs to practice listening. In this stirring, compassionate new play, a young woman struggles to place herself on solid ground -- even as divisions in her family, country, and time itself make the world a very strange place to live
With themes of nativism vs innovation, changes in American towns, loss, and the weird and sweet connection of a work family: this is a piece with so much heart. Peggy Sue's is a restaurant in western New York; serving Americana fare to a few lingering regulars. It's Christmas Eve and the staff can't wait to get home, until the new owner shows up and announces everyone must work overtime, because the deal she's about to negotiate will either save or destroy the town's future.
CHOREOGRAPHING A RAPE SCENE TO GO INTO A FEMINIST PLAY (South Florida Theatre League Summer Reading Series; RADA Cabaret) A dark comedy about bad art gone worse, hypocrisy and the juvenile sandbox that is theatre. A devised play takes on a sinister reality when onstage violence blurs into the actual and those involved question an act on the ambiguous end of assault.
How is real love possible when we are all addicts staring into our devises that stare into the glamorous or fictional elements of our past? A dark, love-triangle comedy.
(RADA Festival, Bloomsburry Festival) In 1726 Mary Toft’s family scammed their neighbors by capitalizing on England’s obsession with freak shows. One of the earliest media sensations, Mary’s scandalous story is retold with poetry, puppets, and a play within a play. Come see for yourselves the upsetting and true story of a woman who became rich putting dead animal bits up her vagina.