by Laura Shamas

One day on her mythical island, C turns a group of hostile sailors into pigs. O, their commander, searches for them. When O learns that his crew is in a pigpen at the bottom of her hill, he demands that she change them back. Then C shows him a photo of current combat troops.  The story weaves back and forth in time and location between an army camp in the Middle East, Walter Reed Hospital, and the classical Circe and Odysseus story. By the end, we know who C and O really are, and what happened between them in combat. 

  • Cast Size: 1M 1W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Laura Annawyn Shamas was born in Oklahoma, and lives in Los Angeles. She’s an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. She is a 2023 Winner of the Los Angeles New Play Project Playwriting Award ($20,000) – FOUR WOMEN IN RED will be produced at the Victory Theatre Center in 2025. In 2024, she’s part of the ReproEco theater project with 

FOUR WOMEN IN RED was part of the 2022 Festival of New Plays at Native Voices at the Autry. A monologue from the play was published in the Smith and Kraus anthology: 2022 – Best Women’s Stage Monologues. In 2021, Shamas was part of the Indigenous Writers Collaborative at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

Laura Shamas’ many plays include: PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (adaptation), PORTRAIT OF A NUDE, LADY-LIKE, CHASING HONEY, THE OTHER SHAKESPEARE, TALKING LEAVES (Winner – Garrard Best Play Award – Five Civilized Tribes Museum), and AMELIA LIVES. Her short play SEEDS won the Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting from Native Voices in 2017. She’s written forty plays. She’s currently writing a novel, and two screenplays.

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