Dr. Mary E. Weems

Dr. Mary E. Weems is a poet, playwright and social/cultural foundations scholar. Her plays and/or excerpts have been published or produced since 1997. Her play Another Way to Dance won a 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.  Publications include “Another Way to Dance,” and “Dead Soul 4413,” part of Another Way to Dance and Numbers respectively published in The Theatre Audition Book 2, (Meriwether, 2009) Gerald Lee Ratliff, ed., and “Two Sides to Every Story,” in Still More Monologues for Women, By Women (Heinemann Books, 2001), Tori Haring-Smith, ed. Weems has been commissioned to write two plays. “Africans in American Gullah!” by the Cleveland Municipal School District and “From Po Girl on Dope to Ph.D.” adapted from the memoir of Dr. Elaine Richardson aka as Dr. E. In January of 2013 Weems’ new work “A Conversation after a Funeral” about a meeting between Emmett Till and Anne Frank at Till’s funeral was the featured event at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and an excerpt from her play “Closure” about the foreclosure crisis, was featured at Case Western Reserve University by the Mandel School of Social Work. Currently Mary Weems is seeking production possibilities for her new play MEAT which explores the murders of eleven Black women in her hometown, Closure which opened the 2010-11 season at the Karamu House, under the direction of Artistic Director, Terrence Spivey, with Dianne McIntyre as guest choreographer, Hats, a one-act drama about Black men set in a pool hall, andBlack Notes her one-woman show about the Black experience which includes excerpts from her new bookBlackeyed: Plays and Monologues. Dr. Weems currently designs and implements diversity programming in the public and private sector, professional development workshops and seminars designed to suit client needs. She may be reached at www.maryeweems.org.