Mary E. WeemsWebsite: http://maryeweems.org/
Dr. Mary E. Weems' plays and/or excerpts have been published and/or produced since 1997. In 2009 an excerpt of her play "At Last," which she performed with Dr. Elaine Richardson aka as Dr. E, was part of the Ingenuity Festival. In June, 2009 her monologue "Rainwater," part of a fulllength play titled Wearing Rainbows, was one of 11 short plays selected for the "Queer Shorts 4" Playfest in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2002 her piece "Woman in the Tree," was part of the University of Louisville's 6th Annual Juneteenth Festival of New Works, her play Another Way to Dance won a 1998 Cleveland Public Theater's Chilcote Award. Weems' play Move to the Back of the Bus, a 45-minute overview of the Civil Rights Movement was produced by Young Audiences from 1998 through 2007. Weems' work Wearing Rainbows and Numbers were produced as part of the Cleveland Public Theater's Big Box series of new play in 2007.
Currently Mary Weems is seeking production possibilities for Closure about the foreclosure crisis told from the perspective from the objects left behind, which opened the 2010-11 season at Karamu, Blink a play about diversity on a college campus produced at John Carroll University twice in 2013 under the direction of Dr. Karen Gygli and Michael Oatman, Playwright in Residence at Karamu respectively, A Conversation after a Funeral about a meeting between Emmett Till and Anne Frank at Till’s funeral, which Weems is also directing, currently touring the Greater Cleveland area for the second year, and for Meat which explores the murders of eleven Black women in her hometown Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr Weems is also the winner of the "Emerging Artist Award (for Literature)" from the 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize (May 2015)