by Chris Shaw Swanson

The Board members of Central Ohio’s Romance Authors of America are on edge tonight. Their beloved long-time treasurer Evie St. James has embezzled club funds, and the members are about to debate whether or not to press charges. Evie herself joins the proceedings in the form of a spirit, accompanied by her chief nemesis and male muse The Player. The Player is muse to everyone present. Through brief depictions of scenes from the members’ various romantic novels as well as flashbacks of Evie’s personal interactions with Board members, this seriocomedy explores the nature of romance, friendship and forgiveness, and that line—perhaps thin—which separates creativity and madness. Loosely based on a true story.

  • Cast Size: 1M 7W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Chris Shaw Swanson is an Ohio playwright whose comedies and dramas have been honored in more than twenty U.S. competitions and produced at more than one hundred venues, including theaters throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Singapore, South Korea, India, England, New Zealand, and Australia. Chris’ first full-length play Measured Honesty was produced by Interborough Repertory Company in New York City. Other full-length plays include Tophet Point, an Ohio Theatre Alliance award winner which debuted at the Plays-In-Progress World Premiere Theatre in California; and The Heroines of Central Ohio, a seriocomedy produced in California, Pennsylvania, New York, and Colorado. Chris has also written numerous ten-minute and one-act plays.  Her short Out From Under with Mary won the Goshen College Peace Play Prize. Chris’ work has been published by Meriwether, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and Smith & Kraus. A member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Chris is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and Fellowship for Playwriting. She has served as a Residency Artist, teaching playwriting at schools and colleges in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. For further information, please visit Chris’ website at

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