StageWrite Emerging Playwright Scholarship Recipient

Robin Rice Lichtig

Robin Rice Lichtig is the author of over 50 plays, including 16 full lengths, which have been produced world-wide. Most recently, Play Nice! ran Off-Broadway and The Power Of Birds was produced in New York City. Listen! The River will preview Off-Broadway before a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next August. Awards include: Goshen Peace Play Prize, Maxim Mazumdar, Jane Chambers, New Millennium. Publishers include French, Smith and Kraus. Robing’s biggest challenge has been teaching playwriting to non-English-speaking natives in Mongolia. For fun, Robin designs fabrics as Robin Rice, www.spoonflower.com, www.dramamama.net.

Synopsis of Robin’s Play - Alice in Black and White

Alice is a young girl who becomes fascinated with a new invention: the camera. Although upper middle class Victorian conduct doesn’t condone a girl “messing around” with such an unladylike hobby, Alice persists. She struggles against her mother’s desire for her to marry; her grandfather’s support of her independence but ultimate desire for her to conform; her friends’ loyalty but impatience with her photography; and her rejection of suitors. When the stock market crashes in 1929, Alice descends into poverty. Broke and crippled with arthritis, she finds herself in a poor house – her photographic negatives stored in the basement of the Staten Island Historical Society where they may well be forgotten. A story that takes place in 1951 is woven throughout Alice’s story. Oliver Jensen, who discovers the negatives and rescues Alice from the poor house, is the author of a book which used many of her images. His search for the negatives and for Alice is based on true history.