Friday Night in America

Friday Night In America

By Melanie Bishop

Director-TBA

Starring Beth Marshall

*World Premiere

The story an inter-racial relationship between a man from Kenya and a white woman raised in the American South. Spanning the years 1992 to 1996, Bill Clinton’s first term, the monologue explores love against the backdrop of that slice of American history, while focusing more closely on the personal challenges of bridging a deep cultural chasm, including sexual taboos, gender roles, inter-cultural communication, superstition, and racism.

FUN FACT: Writer Melanie Bishop and Actor/Producer- Beth Marshall met during their residences at Djerassi Artist Residency in Woodside Ca. last year.

About the writer:

Melanie Bishop has taught writing or mentored writing retreats in Arizona’s Sierra Ancha Wilderness, At Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti (www.arcosanti.org), in Prescott, Arizona, in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Bishop’s young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life (Torrey House Press, 2014) was a top-five finalist in 2015 for both the John Gardner Award in Fiction and CLMP’s Firecracker Awards, and a top-ten finalist for the Lascaux Prize in Fiction. Bishop has published fiction and nonfiction in Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Florida Review, Valley Guide, Hospice Magazine, Puerto del Sol, The American, Potomac Review, Vela, and Family Circle. She received a screenwriting fellowship from the Chesterfield Film Project, co-sponsored by Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. For 22 years, she taught creative writing at Prescott College in Arizona, where she was Founding Editor, and Fiction/Nonfiction Editor of Alligator Juniper, a national literary magazine, three-time winner of the AWP Directors’ Prize. Bishop is marketing a short story cycle, Home for Wayward Girls, which has been a finalist in seven book contests.

Currently Bishop offers retreats, instruction, editing, and coaching through Lexi Services, and reviews books for Carmel Magazine, New York Journal of Books, and Huffington Post.

Orlando Fringe May 2018

(Touring Show)

About the Playwright:

possible photo for beth marshall.jpg

Melanie Bishop has taught writing or mentored writing retreats in Arizona’s Sierra Ancha Wilderness, At Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti (www.arcosanti.org), in Prescott, Arizona, in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Bishop’s young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life (Torrey House Press, 2014) was a top-five finalist in 2015 for both the John Gardner Award in Fiction and CLMP’s Firecracker Awards, and a top-ten finalist for the Lascaux Prize in Fiction. Bishop has published fiction and nonfiction in Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Florida Review, Valley Guide, Hospice Magazine, Puerto del Sol, The American, Potomac Review, Vela, and Family Circle. She received a screenwriting fellowship from the Chesterfield Film Project, co-sponsored by Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. For 22 years, she taught creative writing at Prescott College in Arizona, where she was Founding Editor, and Fiction/Nonfiction Editor of Alligator Juniper, a national literary magazine, three-time winner of the AWP Directors’ Prize. Bishop is marketing a short story cycle, Home for Wayward Girls, which has been a finalist in seven book contests.

Currently Bishop offers retreats, instruction, editing, and coaching through Lexi Services, and reviews books for Carmel Magazine, New York Journal of Books, and Huffington Post.