by Kate Mickere

Everyone in mid-century Dublin knows Mamie Cadden — she’s the boorish woman who motors around the city in her bright red sports car. She also happens to be a notorious backstreet abortionist who profits off the secrets of Dublin’s most powerful men. When the body of pregnant Helen O’Reilly is found dumped outside of Mamie’s flat, the infamous nurse is sentenced to hang. Can a Divine intervention save Nurse Cadden’s soul before it’s too late?

  • Cast Size: 1M 4W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Kate Mickere is a playwright and screenwriter based in Los Angeles.

Her play, NURSE CADDEN, won First Place in the inaugural A is For Playwriting Contest. The script, chosen by a panel led by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, received a virtual reading that starred Ann Dowd, Lecy Goranson, Celeste Den, Garret Dillahunt and Jenn Lyon. 

Kate’s playwriting has also been developed/produced by The Vagrancy, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Ugly Rhino and Meet Cute – LA. 

Her screenplay, CAPTURING THE STARS, won a $20,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and received an Honorable Mention for the Sloan/Tribeca Grand Jury Prize. As an essayist and humorist, Kate has been published by The Los Angeles Times, The Belladonna, XO Jane and The Awl. She’s also written monologues for the collection “Teen Girl’s Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny,” published by Applause Books.

Kate holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was the recipient of the Steven Bochco Fellowship. She’s an alumna of The University of Pittsburgh and The British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford program. 

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This award-winning play takes a heart-wrenching look at the difficult decisions women with unwanted pregnancies faced in the early-20th century, and the infamous women who helped (or harmed) them. It dives into issues of gender equity and morality, while begging you to take a ride with Nurse Cadden in her red MG.

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