Elaine Brousseau
Providence, RI
Elaine Brousseau is a Providence playwright and a founding member of the Blue Cow Group.

Elaine Brousseau’s plays include One-on-One, The Gift, Sales Pitch,  Assisted Living, At the Creation, New West, Divide and Conquer, All the World’s A Stage, and The Lady Romeo.  Her work has been read or produced at theaters and festivals throughout the United States, including at the Boston Theater Marathon XXI; Culture*Park Short Plays Marathons (MA); Firehouse Center for the Arts 2020 New Works Festival (MA); the Providence Fringe Festival (RI); Re-Imagine Theatre (RI);  Lemon Live Microplay Festival (on Zoom); St. Luke’s Little Theater (RI);  WomensWork Theatre Collaborative (RI); the Orange Players (CT); Raze the Space Theatre (CA); and BoxFest Detroit (MI).   A member of the Dramatists Guild and a founding member of the Blue Cow Group (a group of Providence-based playwrights), Elaine has taught writing for many years at Providence College.


While watching a basketball game, a brother and sister begin a conversation that reveals and solidifies their bond, even while it exposes a painful and embarrassing secret.

Sue, a carpenter, in her mid-thirties; Paul, her brother, a sales rep, a few years older than Sue

Two middle-aged siblings, Pat and Deirdre, revisit the past as they prepare to help their sister-in-law, Mary (who suffers from early dementia) bury Kevin, their brother and Mary's husband.  The Gift is about family bonds, forgiveness, and the power of love.

Pat, single, in his late 60s; Deirdre, his sister, a few years younger than Pat; Mary, about 65, widow of Kevin, the recently deceased older brother of Pat and Deirdre. She has some fairly pronounced memory loss.


One-on-One was staged at the Boston Theater Marathon (2019) and at the New Works Festival, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA (2020).

The Gift was produced as part of Exit Strategies:  An International Ten-Minute Plays Festival, Raze the Space Theatre, Los Angeles (2018) and by Acting Up!  The Orange Players, Orange CT (2018).