Two for the Short Fringe:

COWGIRL CHURCH by Nicole Oglesby and The Heartland Theatre Collective
ROOMMATES by Marianne Serene
Sunday, December 16 at 6:30pm
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.

COWGIRL CHURCH is a pseudo-religious ceremony that uses rituals and audience interaction to celebrate women in Texas, from our friends and family to influential historical figures. The creative team includes Marian Kansas (Director), Nicole Oglesby (Writer/Performer), and Katy Matz (Performer), Franny Harold (Performer), and Alani Chock (Performer).

Nicole Oglesby is a playwright, producer, and theatre-maker who creates poetic and political works about women. Her plays include Dust, Little Bird, Purification, and Wooden Madonna. Nicole has produced two of her plays with the Austin-based theatre company she co-founded, the Heartland Theatre Collective. She has been nominated for the Austin Critic’s Table’s David Mark Cohen New Play Award and won first place in Stage West’s Southwest Playwriting Competition. Also a performer, Nicole has acted professionally in the Austin-area and performed at four different improv theaters.

Two politically polar opposite roommates seek the assistance of a new voice-controlled virtual assistant to ensure neutrality of their new roommate.   Will they be able to all get along?

Marilyn Smith, writing under the pen name of Marianne Serene, has just begun her playwriting endeavors after retiring from a career in the corporate world.  She wrote and acted in, along with her spouse Greg Smith, a 10-minute play titled “Awww, the Magic of a Full Moon!” for FronteraFest 2018.  She has also participated in ScriptWorks’ Weekend Fling in 2017 and 2018.  She enjoys being a member of ScriptWorks and is thankful for all of the opportunities and resources that it provides for playwrights of all ages and experience.