THE SCENT OF PEACHES by Kathy Rose Center
Sunday, January 31st at 6:30 PM
THE SCENT OF PEACHES is a one-act play inspired by a short story by Marian Jones, former artistic director of The Ivy Theatre in Los Angeles. They met when Marian directed Kathy in CAFE AT THE END OF TIME at the Dougherty Art Center. Marian asked Kathy to help write the screenplay for an original short story that celebrated the possibility of love and companionship regardless of race, age, or the passage of time. Kathy then expanded it into a full stage play about a biracial lesbian relationship in the deep South that is tragically ended, but given the chance sixty years later to be rekindled if the pains of the past can be reconciled.
Kathy Rose Center, a native Texan, worked 30 years for IBM Austin as a product and software developer before starting a second career as an actor. Most notably on film, she made a memorable appearance on Episode #305 of “Breaking Bad,” and played the psychotic Grandma in the psychological thriller “Grandma’s House” (2018), produced by Robert Rodriguez for the El Rey Network. Her most recent stage appearance was playing Mrs. Hudson and Aristotle in the 2016 Different Stages production of “Fahrenheit 451.” In 2007, she wrote, produced, and directed her first play, for the FronteraFest Short Fringe, and joined the Austin Writers Workshop, an informal weekly screenwriting group in which she has become a core member. In 2020, resolved to shift her focus to playwriting, she took two classes at ACC from Laura Neill, and consequently had a 1-minute play published in the Spring 2020 Rio Review, and an 8-minute audio drama produced for ACC’s “Congress Bridge” audio series. Kathy’s primary goal is to write plays that engage and empower senior women, inclusive of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Plays that embrace unexpected moments of courage, kindness, and humor.