The cast and crew of Mary Miller’s award-winning comedy WAITING FOR OPRAH invite you to attend the monthly meeting of the 1st Tuesday Book Club (that meets on Thursday!)
ABOUT THE PLAY
It’s the last meeting of the 1st Tuesday Book Club and Allison, Mia, Fran, Louise, and Janice are all awaiting the arrival of their celebrity guest. Dressed to the nines, Janice is determined to make a good impression on Oprah despite the fact that she hasn’t read the book. She is thrilled at the idea of being on TV and relishes the thought of being seen by millions, especially by her recently divorced husband Buddy and her overbearing cousin who lives in Chicago! Allison, however, is not at all convinced that Oprah’s arrival will do anything but disrupt the meeting. Despite the fact that she has been re-decorating for months, putting her house in perfect order, she would rather not have that hot light of publicity shining on her. Meanwhile, Louise, a loving housewife and Oprah devotee, is thrilled at the idea of being in the same room with Oprah. She’s convinced that Oprah’s coming will be the solution to the book club’s dwindling attendance and secretly hopes to garner a few tips on how to deal with a bad perm. Mia, rushing in late, is simply delighted that she hasn’t missed anything yet after having been unavoidably delayed while visiting her wayward brother in jail. And Fran is just waiting for a miracle to change the course of her entire life.
As one hour rolls into the next, with no sign of their guest, the women jump from conclusion to conclusion as they speculate on: Why she is coming? What she will bring? Does this outfit make me look fat? But the question: Will Oprah come? ... is ultimately not as important as why they are there and what they learn about themselves and what they mean to each other.
WAITING FOR OPRAH was voted #1 Critics Choice & Audience Favorite, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, Dayton, OH. "Smash Hit!" Brunswick, GA. "The Woman's Experience" Theatre Decatur, Decatur, GA. "Best Bet" FACT Theatre, Fairfield, IA
WAITING FOR OPRAH is currently being used as an educational tool for hospitals and communities alike. It is part of Mary Miller's Acting Healthy program focusing on Alzheimer's disease.
My personal scorecard starting with the best, read this way: 1. "Waiting for Oprah" by Mary Miller. "Waiting for Oprah" flows naturally and is thoroughly accessible. That looks easy. It's an achievement!
DON'T WAIT TO SEE OPRAH! "Waiting for Oprah" is hilarious. It was so well done that I intend to see it again! "Oprah" written by playwright Mary Miller invites the audience to the monthly meeting of the First Tuesday Book Club that meets on Thursday. On this particular Thursday the group expects Oprah Winfrey to come and while they wait they chat. The depth of the characters is revealed as they discuss their own problems in a very humorous way that you just don't want the play to end!
Mary Miller's, "Waiting for Oprah," an excellent, moving account of female bonding, came away with the Audience Favorite from votes tabulated at the Dayton Futurefest. Fluidly directed by Nancy Campbell and staring a first rate ensemble team, Miller's heartwarming dramedy offered a poignant look into the lives of a diverse group of book club members who grow to a better understanding of each other while anticipating the arrival of the talk-show icon.
Award-winning author and playwright, Mary Miller was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and graduated with honors from Westminster High School. She received her B.A. at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, after having studied at the University of London in London, England, and Davidson College in Davidson, NC. She gained her theatrical experience from years of work in New York City, first as an actress and then as a playwright.
As an actress she appeared both on stage (Off-Off Broadway) as well as on television. For two years she worked on the daytime soap opera All My Children. Preferring writing to acting Mary turned her attention to plays. She made her New York debut as a playwright with the production of LIGHT BURGERS WALTZING THROUGH THE GARDEN WITH JOE. She went on to win the Dayton Playhouse Future Fest first with I WITNESS and then again with WAITING FOR OPRAH. After the publication of her short play FERRIS WHEEL in the anthology TAKE TEN by Vintage Books/Random House, her work began to receive international attention. Since then she has written a number of both full length and short plays, won over a dozen national playwriting awards and had her work produced throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
After living in New York City, Mary moved to St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia, where she continues to write and see her work produced. On St. Simons Island, she became involved in radio and worked for WMOG hosting the "Open Mike" show, a live morning call-in program. From radio she moved into television working for WBSG-TV. There she wrote, produced, and served as anchor on the half-hour television series "Close-Up 21".
Having gained success as a playwright, Mary turned her hand to novels and has subsequently written "UNFINISHED DREAMS - A Christmas Story" and "A MATTER OF GRACE."
Currently she is focusing her attention on a health and wellness program she created called ACTING HEALTHY. Acting Healthy is a unique approach to health care, which combines the use of her plays with hospital education and awareness seminars: www.actinghealthy.com
For more information about her books, plays, and wellness seminars you can visit her website at: www.marymillerwriter.com
You can also follow Mary on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/marymillerwriter and Twitter @actinghealthy