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2013 StageWrite Emerging Playwright Scholarship Recipient

Joslyn Nicole Housley-McLaughlin

Joslyn Housley-McLaughlin began writing after many years as a performer on stage and in front of the camera. As a writer, she is particularly interested in exploring the lives of people of color who are often not found in history books, period movies or plays. Her recent play, The Silver Thread, was developed with Liberation Theatre's Black Playwright's Group and had a successful reading in October 2011 starring Tom Nelis and directed by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif. In 2012, The Silver Thread won the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center contest: Setting the Stage. Ms. Housley-McLaughlin is a member of the SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity and the Society of American Fight Directors. Originally from Chicago, she now resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter. She is currently working on a play about her father's life.

Synopsis of Joslyn’s Play - The Silver Thread

Today, J. Marion Sims is honored as the "Father of Modern Gynecology," but in 1840 he was just an unknown country doctor when a local planter brings a young girl, Anarcha, to be cured of devastating and seemingly incurable condition. Convinced that it's a hopeless cause, Sims initially refuses to take the case but an accidental discovery changes his mind. Assisted by his ambitious young apprentice and propelled by his own curiosity and drive, Sims transforms his tiny lab into a micro-ward for experimental surgery. The Silver Thread follows the four year journey of Sims, his assistant Nathan Bozeman, and the women who sacrificed everything to find a cure.