Amy Schleunes is a writer, performer, and teacher based in Nicaragua. Her plays have been developed at the Iowa New Play Festival, Hangar Theatre, and Upright Citizens Brigade, and her fiction and essays appear in The Missouri Review, Indiana Review, Fourth Genre, and other literary journals. She used to work in film and television in Los Angeles, most recently at The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and then went on to earn her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she studied both creative writing and dance. She’s currently attempting to finish her first book and collaborating on a play at the Escuela de Comedia y el Mimo, a nonprofit theatrical training center for at-risk youth in Granada.
IHOP is no Rent – A – Center
IHOP Is No Rent-A-Center is a comedy about the sadness perpetrated by tyrannical people—like parents—and tyrannical environments—like the walk-in freezer at Applebee’s. It follows the saga of Steve and his mother, two exceedingly dysfunctional Midwesterners, who struggle to articulate the nature of their dissatisfaction. They are aided by Gerry, the family member lost to a freak accident, and Wellhouse, a manager at Rent-A-Center with a penchant for bleak existential truths. This is an uncommon story about the ways in which we destroy one another, and the ways in which we somehow, if only by accident, choose to set one another free.
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