Cindy/Ella by Elisabeth Giffin Speckman

A modern Cinderella story: in reverse.

Princess Cynthia of Malibu has it all, yet she longs to be “normal.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be unremarkable and forgettable? When the paparazzi break the news about her husband’s foot fetish–he’d been caught forcing women throughout town to try on Cindy’s shoes–she seizes her chance and embarks on an adventure to find out who she truly is. Going incognito as Ella, Cindy seeks to prove herself capable without servants and discover what the world outside of celebrity culture really has to offer. Meeting a host of quirky characters while traversing across the Kingdom of California’s urban sprawl, Cindy discovers that what she’s been craving most has been with her all along.

  • Cast Size: Flexible; 9-12 (5-7F, 4-5M)
  • Running Time: 60+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Elisabeth Giffin Speckman (she/her) received her MFA in Fiction from Butler University. Her work appears in Midwestern Gothic, CHEAP POP, Pidgeonholes, Flash Fiction MagazineBest Men’s Monologues 2021 (Smith & Krause), and Stage It! 2: 30 Ten Minute Plays. Her plays have been produced throughout the United States as well as internationally in the UK, Canada, Australia, and Israel.  She has developed work with the Yale Writers’ Conference (now Yale Writers’ Workshop), the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive, 29th Street Playwrights Collective, The Bechdel Group, The Skeleton Rep(resents), The Barrow Group, and more. She is an O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semifinalist and a two-time Henley Rose Award finalist. Her proudest accomplishment is her two sons, who she raises alongside her husband, Chris. She is forever grateful to him and her supportive family for helping her achieve her goals. For more info, visit 

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