MARY MILLER is recognized by Random House as one of "our finest playwrights" and known throughout the world for her short play, FERRIS WHEEL, which was published by Vintage Books/Random House in the anthology: TAKE TEN-New 10-Minute Plays. Also included in the collection are works by such well known authors as David Mamet, August Wilson, Tony Kushner, David Ives, and Christopher Durang. Since its publication that play has been produced across the United States and around the world. To date Mary has won over a dozen national playwriting awards.
Her most recent full-length play WAITING FOR OPRAH was a winner in the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest Competition. It also received rave reviews as part of a production to raise money for the McIntosh County Library in McIntosh, GA. The Darien Newspaper in Darien, GA, declared it a "Smash Hit!" At the FutureFest Competition in Dayton, OH, the play again received raves - winning the Critics #1 Choice for Best Play and voted the Audience Favorite. The play was subsequently produced by Art Downtown/Gallery 209 in Brunswick, GA and Theatre Decatur in Decatur GA. Mia's Monologue was included in the book AUDITION MONOLOGUES FOR YOUNG WOMEN a collection of contemporary audition pieces for aspiring actresses. The book was edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff and published by Meriwether Publishing Ltd.
Her full-length play, (A MATTER OF) GRACE, was a winner in the National Play Award with the National Repertory Theatre Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. It was also a finalist in the Famous Door Theatre's Annual Women at the Door Competition in Chicago, IL. It won Honorable Mention in the prestigious Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. "Outstanding script." Gretchen Smith/Awards Administrator. It was a finalist in the Essential Theatre's Festival of New American Theatre in Atlanta, GA. It was also selected by the Chicago Dramatists to be part of their Saturday Reading Series. From there it was chosen by the Raven Theatre in Chicago to be part their Workshop Production Series. In addition "Grace" was also produced by the Confetti Theatre in Albany, NY.
Her play, VIRGIN TEARS ON WYOMING AVENUE, was called "brilliant" by the Island Sun newspaper after the World Premiere production at the Theatre Conspiracy in Ft. Myers, FL. Previously the Marietta Daily Journal recognized the play as a "classic in the making" when it was presented as a part of the Percolating Play Reading Series at the Theatre in the Square, Marietta, GA. Since then the play has gone on to be a finalist in the Women at the Door Competition in Chicago, IL and runner-up in the Women Playwrights' Initiative in Orlando, FL. It was read as part of the Southeast Playwrights Plays in Process on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Miller made her New York playwriting debut with the Carousel Theatre's production of LIGHT BURGERS WALTZING THROUGH THE GARDEN WITH JOE. LIGHT BURGERS ..., was a winner in the New Play Competition in Denton, TX. It was also featured at the Georgia Tillandsia Festival and produced both at the Ritz Theater in Brunswick, GA, and the Island Players Theater on St. Simons Island, GA. It went on to compete at the Georgia Theatre Conference Annual Convention in Augusta, GA, winning Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards. The play was recently produced by Art Downtown/Gallery 209 in Brunswick, GA.
The play, I WITNESS, made its World Premiere at the Alice Arts Center in Oakland, CA, with the Oakland Ensemble Theatre. The year before, the play took first place honors at the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest Competition and was produced at the Dayton Playhouse in Dayton, OH. "The highlight of the festival." Deborah Frockt/Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Her play, A CHRISTMAS HOUSE, was a winner in the South Carolina Playwrights' Conference in Beaufort, SC. The play has since been adapted into the book A CHRISTMAS HOUSE. "Funny and inspiring...the perfect story for the holiday season." Cathedral Times, Atlanta, GA. The play adaptation of A CHRISTMAS HOUSE was presented by the Island Players, St. Simons Island, GA, as part of "An Evening of One Acts." The play was also produced at the Waterloo Playhouse in Waterloo, IA.
Her short play, NEXT, was selected by Samuel French, Inc. as part of their Off-Broadway New Play Festival and produced in New York City, NY. It was a winner in the Love Creek Productions One Act Festival in New York City. In Atlanta, GA, it was selected by the Southeastern Playwrights Project as part of the New Play Development Project with Emory University. It was a finalist in the BareBones Theater Group Play Festival in Charlotte, NC. The play was part of Piedmont Hospital's Doris Shaheen Breast Center Awareness Program in Atlanta, GA. It was also part of the Southeast Georgia Health System's Breast Cancer Awareness program as well as Excela Health's program in Pittsburgh, PA. The play continues to be produced every October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
FERRIS WHEEL, was a finalist in the National Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. It was a winner in the National Playwriting Competition in Dubuque, IA, and produced at the National Five Flags Theatre. The play was published by Vintage Books in the collection TAKE TEN and has since garnered over 300 productions worldwide. "A delight for audiences of all ages," Ferris Wheel continues to be produced throughout the United States, in nine countries and translated into three languages.(See abridged list)
TAKE PROPER CARE, a one-act play, received three awards: The Little Theatre of Alexandria National Playwriting Competition in Alexandria, VA; the George Kernodle Playwriting Competition in Fayetteville, AR; and the National Playwriting Competition in Dubuque, IA, where it was produced at the National Five Flags Theatre.
Her first play, MULBERRY LANE, a one-act, won the National Playwriting Competition in Dubuque, IA, and was produced at the National Five Flags Theater. It went on to be included as part of the Senior Barn Players repertory and toured throughout Kansas City. It has recently been produced in Houston, TX, and Rhinelander, WI. It then became part of the "Mary Miller Medley" and toured in Asheville, NC, with the Autumn Players as part of the Asheville Community Theatre Senior Outreach Program. It was included in an "Evening of One Acts" produced by the Island Players in Brunswick, GA
MARY MILLER MEDLEY is composed of three of her short plays: MULBERRY LANE, PATTERSON'S and FERRIS WHEEL. The show is designed to fit the unique needs of Community Theatre. The plays can be read as readers' theatre or performed as full productions. The Mary Miller Medley was first presented by the Autumn Players of Asheville, NC, and continues to tour today.
AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS was first produced by The Island Players of St. Simons Island, GA. The show consisted of the plays: FERRIS WHEEL, A CHRISTMAS HOUSE and MULBERRY LANE. It premiered in The Island Players "Downtown" location in Brunswick, GA, and was a smashing success! They had sell out crowds every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for three weekends in a row. The show was rated a BEST BETS by the Coastal Illustrated.