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Carolyn Kras is an M.F.A. Dramatic Writing student at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has been developed or produced in New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Fargo, and Mount Airy. She graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, earning a B.A. in Drama with minors in Writing and Political Science. At W.U., she was selected for the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program, which included composing poetry, essays, short stories, and plays. As a two-time winner of the A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Competition, Carolyn collaborated with Liz Engelman and Naomi Iizuka, who served as dramaturgs for RETICENCE and HIGHNESS, respectively. Both plays subsequently received full productions. Prior to attending Carnegie Mellon, she interned in the literary department of City Theatre Company, assisting Literary Manager/Dramaturg Carlyn Aquiline.


From Janet’s point of view, the law firm she works for is a wacky sports gym where employees literally throw punches, step out of bounds, and commit personal fouls. The office’s machines become the voice of her conscience, nagging her to stop forging documents. Feeling guilty, she takes on a pro bono case, even though she is only a law clerk and isn’t allowed yet. Hiding her side project from her boss becomes stressful, and Janet must decide whether to blow the whistle on the firm’s runaway fraud or kill her conscience in order to stay in the game.