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Meet Nancy Beverly

Nancy Beverly

City: Sherman Oaks
State: CA
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Plays By Nancy Beverly

Handcrafted Healing

My theatre beginnings were at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in Bloomington, Indiana, grassroots theatre at its finest.  I had a handful of plays done there, but my favorite (and favorite title) was Trust Your Car to the Man Who Wears the Star.  It's about a couple lost in the hills of Kentucky looking for Loretta Lynn's hometown of Butcher Holler, who learn that being right here right now is a pretty good place to be. 

After BBP, I was the Assistant Literary Manager at the famed Actors Theatre of Louisville.  While at ATL, I had a slew of short plays produced in the twice-yearly 10 minute play showcase and won first place in the "Starving Artist Play Contest" a few times.  Attack of the Moral Fuzzies, one of those winners, was published in ATL's anthology of short works and has been performed several times by theatres all around the U.S. and Canada.

After ATL, I moved to L.A. and began to work in TV.  My credits range from Desperate Housewives to Ghost Whisperer.  A lot of laughs, a lot of long hours, a lot of big personalties.

I found I missed the theatre and went back to it with my play A New You, which had its world-premiere at West Hollywood's Celebration Theatre.  It was directed by Laura Black, who invited me to join Playwrights 6 (aka P6). 

In conjunction with P6, I produced my full-length drama Godislav at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica for a month run in 2007.  Godislav, Russian for the year of glory, concerns a missing documentary filmmaker who had just embarked on his most ambitious project yet:  a profile of the volatile surgeon Vladimir Godislav, a refuge from the frontlines of the Chechen-Russian civil wars.  Godislav was also one of only two full-length plays chosen in 2006 to be part of the Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region in Denver.

Currently I am a member of the writers' and actors' group Fierce Backbone, where I developed Handcrafted Healing, a full-length drama, that Fierce produced in Sept. 2015 at the Studio / Stage in Los Angeles.  It concerns how master craftswoman Cam, who has a life-threatening illness, and her partner Meredith grapple with the question, "Do we really create our reality?"   On a lighter note, my play Community made the Finals (top 12) of the AACT contest in the spring of 2015.  It takes place, in part, at a community theatre, and has legendary L.A. theatre director Jules Aaron attached as we look for a production home.

I also
co-wrote and co-produced The Calamities of  Jane, a webseries that will be on the web in 2016.   My screenplay Shelby's Vacation, which I'm currently producing, made the semi-finals of Chicago's Pride Films and Plays Contest and then was hand-picked by their Exec Director for a staged reading he directed in Randoph, Vermont, for a gay pride event.