Drama/ 9 Characters, 7 Women, 2 Men (some doubling possible)/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: A heartfelt drama about three generations of a New England family. The story follows Grace, a feisty, witty American woman, over fifty years of her life, from her marriage in 1946 (as she attempts to reassure her about-to-be step-daughter — “I want you to love me, someday”), through 1994, as her own daughter and granddaughter struggle to reconnect after many years apart. Like its remarkable central character, Grace Notes is warm, rueful, and finally optimistic.
“…A wonderful family story about coping with conflict . . . poignant and funny.”
– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Rachel Rubin Ladutke
About the Playwright: Rachel Rubin Ladutke is a playwright based in New York City. Grace Notes, her first full-length drama, has been widely excerpted in various monologue and scene anthologies. As one of four winners of the Pittsburgh New Plays Competition, this play premiered at Pittsburgh’s Gemini Theatre in February 2000. Later that same year, it was staged at The Looking Glass Theatre in NYC.
The Belles of the Mill, a fact-based historical epic, was a stageplay Finalist in the 2001 Moondance Film Festival, and Runner-Up in the Coe College Playwriting Symposia and in America’s Best Writing Competition. It has been excerpted in three anthologies. Her latest full-length play, Clary’s Exodus, was awarded Honorable Mention in the prestigious Jane Chambers competition.
Rachel is a member of the Looking Glass Theatre Playwrights’ Lab, Membership Director of the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and of the Dramatists’ Guild.