Ivy Leaf - Winter 2008

A Big Apple Debut


The Inquisition, a one-act play by Robin Reese, assistant professor of theatre arts, debuted at the Looking Glass Theatre in New York City in December 2007.

Reese wrote The Inquisition in 2000; since then it has received professional readings at the Dramatist Center and at the Actors Studio, both in New York. The Actors Studio reading included Carlin Glynn, who won a Tony Award for featured actress for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

“It’s so extremely difficult for playwrights to have their works produced, let alone in New York City, that I think of this as an honor,” states Reese. “As an experimental playwright, it’s doubly exciting to have the work presented to the public as a lot of companies won’t take risks in the work they produce.”

The Inquisition has been likened to the works of Pinter and Sartre, and is about a woman who is in “Limbo.” In the world of the play, Limbo is a place between Earth and the afterlife, where the recently deceased enter inquisition rooms and meet the people in their lives with whom they have unresolved issues. The main character, WOMAN, is confronted with the desire to know the truth of her life.

Reese teaches acting, directing, voice, and movement at Penn State Altoona. Several monologues from her full-length play, FolkDance, will be featured in Applause Books’ forthcoming The Best Men’s Monologues of the Millennium. Reese was recently selected from a national search to compete in the Philadelphia Cardboard Box Collaborative’s Speed the Muse competition, for which she wrote Fungible, presented in September at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.