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Forgotten Treasures, Scenes by Historic Playwrights at The Helen Mills Theater

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The Forgotten Treasures performance at the Helen Mills Event Space and Theater, featured scenes by female historic playwrights and performed by fierce actors: Kathleen Chalfant, Maryann Plunkett and Tamara Tunie of stage film and television works.

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Each scene of Forgotten Treasures dated back to plays written by women as early as 1916. The casting was color-blind as well as age-blind under the direction of Joan Vail Thorne. The production came about with tremendous respect for famous playwrights with tales of melodrama, comedy and romance.

Scenes from each piece were taken from: Goodbye My Fancy (1948) by Fay Kanin, Plumes (1927) by Georgia Douglas Johnson, So Help Me God (1936) by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Trouble In Mind (1955), In The Summer House (1953) by Jane Bowles, Rachel (1916) by Angelina W. Grimke, The Little Foxes (1939) by Lillian Hellman, The Importance Of Being A Woman (1923) by Rachel Crothers and The Old Maid (1934) by Zoe Akins, Adapted From Edith Wharton.

Each performance gave the audience a unique experience by telling the stories of woman and what challenges they faced, situations each encountered along with feeling the empathic journey along the way, up until the very end.

The three legendary actresses: Tamara Tunie, Maryann Plunkett and Kathleen Chalfant each portrayed various characters throughout the scenes.

Just prior to the show and immediately afterwards, guests mingled freely with the actors as well as other behind-the-scenes cast and crew.

The event was made possible with funding from the Little Family Foundation, Jann E. Leeming, Senior Trustee and courtesy of the Helen Mills Event Space and Theater.

To learn more about: Maryann Plunkett, Kathy Chalfant and Tamara Tunie along with the female playwrights, please visit:

History Matters/Back To The Future promotes the study and production of women's plays of the past in high schools, colleges, universities and theater throughout the country and encourages responses to those plays from contemporary women playwrights.



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