Mara Lee Gilbert What's Left
A young woman in prison for manslaughter is involved in a pen-pal relationship with a young man, who's fiancee has been killed. Both are in search of peace and redemption but must face their pasts, together, for better or worse.
"Art is the flaw captured beautifully
that we may have compassion for our ugliest ugly."
Mara is an award-winning and published actress/writer/producer living in New York City. She writes for stage and screen. Her work has most recently been showcased in in both New York and Los Angeles in notable festivals. She has a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology and has worked for the past 11 years counseling NYC's most difficult populations. She taught drama inside a women's prison and ran the first ever drama therapy group inside the notorious Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center for the criminally insane. She pulls from these experiences often in her writing. She is moved to examine the spiritual nature of all human experiences, including the darkest, under a lens of compassion.
"What's Left was especially inspired by my two summers teaching a drama workshop with one of my professors inside Bayview Correctional Facility, a women's prison, in Manhattan. I wanted to look at how the past can muddle our decisions in the present, especially if we are trying to change course in life. And how, even in the most dire of circumstances, and through the most horrific forms of behavior, we strive to connect with each other. There is almost always something poignant and hopeful in the stories of offenders, whether or not it is realized. The hope of always reaching for what else is possible." -Mara Lee Gilbert
Developing a dramatic television series examining the micro and macrocosmic nature of
institutionalization, set inside a Forensic Psychiatric Center, based on some of my real experiences.
Working towards an Off-Broadway production of my play, Passage, which took 2nd place in the 2015 New York New Works Theatre Festival. It is now a full-length play and just had it's west coast premiere in Los Angeles with the Acting Out Ink Fest, a celebration of female playwrights.
Synopsis: A man about to die views death (and life) very differently, after an encounter with the woman hired to euthanize him, on the night he plans to die.
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Official Selection of the First Ever Digital Box Office Screening and Awards Series, 201
Official Selection of the CineArtistry Screening Series in Los Angeles, 2017
Semi-Finalist in the NexTV Entertainment Web Series and Indie Film Competition, 2016
Award of Merit for Artistic and Technical Achievement with the Best Shorts Competition, 2016
AWARDS and international screenings for
Thank you so much MARA for sharing your work with us!