Native New Yorker June Guralnick is the author of 13 full-length plays performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Abrons Arts Centre/Henry Street Settlement (NY), Spirit Square (Charlotte, NC), Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (NC), North Carolina Museum of Art, as well as arts centers in the U.S. Plays include MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD, CONTAINMENTS (THE HOME PROJECT, Part I), IN GOLD WE TRUST (with Guy Nickson), ART TALES OF THADDEUS, WOMEN OF THE LIGHT (with Cynthia Mitchell), SPACE INTERLUDE, FINDING CLARA, ACROSS THE HOLY TELL, and work-in-progress BIRDS OF A FEATHER: A COMEDY ABOUT DE-EXTINCTION. Selections from her plays have been published by North Carolina Literary Review, Playwrights’ Center (Monologues-Heinemann Press), Blackbird Press, and Left Curve.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER is about a time-travelling geneticist journeying one hundred years into the past. His mission? To save the passenger pigeon. Unfolding in the cross-hairs of two unlikely bedfellows - the early American conservation movement and the New Woman/suffragist struggle – add social satire, slapstick humor and an eccentric family of radical New York women (circa 1912), and the result is a screwball comedic love story with a fantastical modern twist (think “Bringing Up Baby” meets “Doctor Who”). Evoking laughter on “mode de jour” (fashions of the day) and women’s changing roles over the past century, BIRDS OF A FEATHER also provokes reflection on the nature of progress and the state of our country’s disappearing species
How do we live with acts of horror that challenge deep-seated beliefs about self, family, faith, and country? An everyman tale of caution, ACROSS THE HOLY TELL's hell mouth telescopes the relationship between Christine, an American soldier, and Mona, an Iraqi botanist, and the ultimately tragic choices they make to protect their daughters against the horrors of war. Christine, a devout Catholic, joins the military in response to the death of her father in 9-11 (leaving her husband, Joe and autistic daughter, Mary behind in Texas). Stationed in Baghdad at the start of the Iraq War, she develops a relationship with Mona (whose father was murdered by Saddam's forces) and Mona's deaf 13-year old daughter, Yasmin. As Christine and Mona struggle to overcome cultural, religious and political differences, the war irrevocably shatters their lives.
FINDING CLARA is the explosive story of two women: Mary Victoria Woolson (fictional North Carolina cotton mill worker) and Hollywood's silent screen "It Girl," actress Clara Bow. Their stories unfold against the violent background of the infamous 1929 Loray Mill Strike in North Carolina and the murder of labor balladeer Ella May Wiggins. The play also is an intergenerational story, following the journey in 1990 of Mary Victoria's granddaughter, Clara Henderson, to discover the truth about her family and herself. Finally, FINDING CLARA is a story about two people - one black (Dr. Louis Benjamin Washington) and one white (Mary Victoria Woolson) - who fall in love exactly in the wrong time and place, with far-reaching consequences. A play about lost hopes and dreams, about intolerance and racial hatred, and about the power of Hollywood to influence our actions and desires, FINDING CLARA was originally workshopped at Greensboro Cultural Center (NC), and subsequently won Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre's (SART) National New Plays contest and premiered at SART. North Carolina Literary Review published sections of the play. Photo courtesy of SART.
A ten-minute, post-apocalyptic fairy tale follows the journey -and harrowing reminisces - of a mother and daughter hurtling through space. SPACE INTERLUDE was originally workshopped at the Greensboro Playwrights Forum, and was subsequently presented at the Ten by Ten Theatre Festival at Carrboro Arts Center, and published by Blackbird Press. Visit: http://blackbird.vcu.edu/v3n2/gallery/guralnick_j/interlude.htm
to hear a recording of the play.
June Guralnick's play, ACROSS THE HOLY TELL, earned Second Place for the Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting.
June Guralnick has been selected for a Hambidge Arts Center writer residency in 2019. Additionally, June is Runner-Up for the VCCA 2019 author residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Center (Ireland).
June Guralnick recently completed a writing residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities.
PWC Member June Guralnick has been selected for a writing residency at Hambidge Center for the Arts.
Directing the regional premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer's timely, award-winning play, THE GOD GAME, at Sonorous Road Theatre (www.sonorousroadtheatre.com). Compelling, often funny drama about three people grappling with the role of faith in their lives - and separation of church and state.