by Richard Lyons Conlon

The main character in misanthropic novelist Victor Pagán’s third novel is Vivien Langford, who happens to be the world’s biggest movie star.  Vivien Langford, however, is a flesh-and-blood human being — an accomplished writer herself — and she’s having none of it. Outraged by the unwanted misappropriation of her persona, she immediately sues to stop the book’s distribution. But she goes further — much further. Contacting Victor directly in a series of FaceTime exchanges, she proceeds to dismantle his misogynistic, condescending character (and meager oeuvre), finally leaving him one option for redemption:  She’ll allow his book to come out if he agrees to a very public humiliation.  Based on true events.

  • Cast Size: 2M 3W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Richard Lyons Conlon is a Resident Playwright Alumnus at Chicago Dramatists

and proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He is an O’Neill

Playwrights Conference Honoree, and was selected as a 2020 Kennedy Center

Playwright. His work has won numerous awards and has been published by Next

Stage Press, Eldridge Publishing, and Smith & Kraus.

Richard has written over 50 plays, including: 7 MINUTES TO LIVE (production: Chicago Dramatists, August 2024; Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist), and ONE TIME (record-breaking production: Next Act Theatre; Winner: Best Comedy at the 2022 Legacy Play Festival, published in 2022 by Next Stage Press, Gold Prize Winner: the Beverly Hills Stage Play Competition)

His multi-award-winning play about artificial intelligence and literature – THE


RECURRENT NEURAL NETWORK – was the First Prize Winner of the 2017

Stonybrook University Science Playwriting Award and was a featured

presentation at the 2022 TEDx Conference.

Additionally, his latest play THE EDUCATION OF FRAT BOY ROOFIE was selected for the SMITH & KRAUS anthology, Best Women’s Monologues 2023. And MEMORY, SPEAK was Finalist for Sky Blue Theatre’s 2021 British Theatre Challenge.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY has been a Finalist and received numerous staged reading in numerous playwriting competitions. An excerpt was included included in the SMITH & KRAUS anthology: Best Women’s Monologues 2021. 

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