The Excavation of Mary Anning
Winner Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation New Playwright Program
Winner 2018 Ashland New Plays Festival
Finalist Hidden River Arts Playwriting Award
Finalist Pegasus New Play Festival
SEMI-FINALIST BONNIE AND TERRY BURMAN NEW PLAY AWARD
Semi-Finalist O’Neill Theatre Conference
Amidst the groaning cliff sides and weather beaten shores of southern England, fossil hunter Mary Anning combs the earth for glimpses of the ancient past. Armed with only her determination, her lucky hammer, and her canine companion, Tray, Mary uncovers secrets that redefine science and religion and philosophy. But 19th century geology is a nobleman’s game, and Mary’s discoveries are buried beneath the rubble while the stars of her male counterparts grow ever brighter. The Excavation of Mary Anning is a historical fantasia about things that come from the earth and things that go to the earth, and one woman’s quest to reclaim her legacy in a society that refuses to acknowledge her worth.
CAST BREAKDOWN: 6W to 28W
RUN TIME: 120 Minutes.
The Excavation of Mary Anning was selected for the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation New Play Program, presented as a reading for NY Theatre industry professionals. Directed by Sammi Cannold, the ensemble featured Susannah Perkins, Patrena Murray, Mirirai Sithole, Annie Golden, Brittany Allen, and Aviva Winick. Stage managed by Norman Small. The backstage photographs above were taken by the playwright.