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Cathy Tempelsman’s play about George Eliot, The Lifted Veil (then titled The Squirrel’s Heartbeat), was a semi-finalist for Orlando Shakespeare Festival's 2007 Playfest. This year, she has had staged readings at Luna Stage, in Montclair, New Jersey, and in England, at the Nuneaton Town Hall. In November, she had a workshop and staged reading at Primary Stages in New York, directed by Michelle Bossy, the theater’s Associate Artistic Director. Tempelsman was recently a guest artist at the Kennedy Center's Playwriting Intensive. She has also studied with Romulus Linney and Lee Blessing at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. A graduate of Vassar College, Tempelsman holds both an M.B.A. and an M.A. in English from Columbia University. After a career in publishing and marketing (The Wall Street Journal), she wrote a book, Child-Wise (William Morrow, 1994), and became a freelance writer. Tempelsman lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

A Most Dangerous Woman

It is the year 1858, and the English public demands to know: Have the most popular and “Christian” novels of the century been written by a woman living in sin with a married man? Marian Evans—the real George Eliot—faces a crisis. Should she expose herself and her unconventional life? In A Most Dangerous Woman, being true to oneself is the most painful and alienating choice of all.