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Full-Length Plays

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In the Form of a Question
       (formerly titled "The Pull")

Drama; 1W, 1M; 80 min.

College sweethearts, Bernie and Michael, meet again after many years at a 50th Anniversary party for mutual friends. The old flame is still there, but the two hopelessly fall into the same destructive patterns that ended their relationship many years before. What would have happened if they had stayed together? Can the passage of time allow them to shed their old defenses and finally realize the beauty of their relationship?

Workshop Readings:  Berkeley Reperatory Summer Playwrighting Workshop
                                      August 2020
                                      Valley Players, Napa Valley
                                      March/April 2020
Staged Reading:         Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival - April 29, 2020
                                     Postponed due to Covid-19


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Academic Pursuit

Satire/Mystery/Comedy; 4W, 3M (16 characters); 90 min.

The dean of a small school in a large university finds herself in conflict with many of her faculty as she tries to gain support for policies that would insure a more diverse faculty, student body, and curriculum.  As opposing faculty begin to die, the dean becomes a prime suspect in this satire of academia and all its pretenses.

Staged Reading:  Paperwing Theatre, Monterey, 2019


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Drama; 4W, 1M; 80 min.

Maggie and Henry struggle with memory problems, autonomy and sleeping pills as they navigate their lives despite interference from their adult daughter.  Maggie tries to manage the fine line between enabling her husband to carry out his own end-of-life decisions and her own need to be with him for just a little while longer.

Production:  Valley Players, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater
                      Yountville, October 2018, Directed by June Alane Reif 
Staged Reading:  Playwrights Center of San Francisco Reading Series 2017
Developmental Reading:  Central Works, Berkeley 2016
Semi-Finalist:  Athena Project 2017; City Lights 2017

*ARTY Award Winner 2019:  Sound Design.  ARTY Award Nominees:  Lead Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Adult Drama*


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January 23rd

Drama; 6W, 6M; (with doubling) 3W, 3M; 90 min.

Inspired by a true event, Calvin Hayfield, a respected member of his community, is accused of felony third-degree sexual assault of his wife who has Alzheimer's Disease and is a resident of a nursing home.  Is Calvin a perpetrator or a loving husband?  Is Calvin's wife able to give consent?

Staged Reading:  B8 Theatre, Concord, 2018
Developmental Reading:  Central Works Theatre, Berkeley, 2017


Logo for Lorraine Midanik's play "Clinic Interruptus" that was given a developmental read at the PCSF Reading Series in 2016.

Clinic Interruptus

Drama:  4W; 2M; 75 min.

In an attempt to "help pregnant women" seek alternatives other than abortion, Madeline takes over a family planning clinic only to discover that it is much more than she bargained for.

Developmental Reading:  Playwrights Center of San Francisco Reading Series, 2016

Lorraine Midanik

(510) 207-7974

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