Staci Swedeen

Playwright, Author, Actor


October 29, 2015

Tags: Writing, muse, winter, treasure

There is a gray squirrel outside my office window, busily burying nuts for winter. Head to the ground, tail in the air, she dig dig digs, then places his treasure in the hole, pats the ground firmly and dashes off into the woods.

Will the treasure will be there when she comes back to (more…)

Blink! A Year goes by!

January 25, 2011

Tags: Flying Anvil Theatre

The White Desert, Egypt
What can I say? I fell off the camel. But I'm back from Egypt - and blogging - and starting a theatre in Knoxville with my friend Jayne Morgan. Doesn't this look like an anvil in the desert? Now give it some wings!
Check out the link on the left to find out more (more…)

New Year's Eve

January 1, 2010

I woke up this morning thinking about all the ways I’ve spent New Year’s Eve over the years. A few highlights, in no particular order:

In Times Square. This was not intentional. My friend Sheila had written a play that was being performed at a small theatre in midtown at 10 (more…)

The End is Near!

December 15, 2009

I want to write something smart and pithy about the end of 2009 – but all I can say is thank Zeus it’s coming to a close.

I mean, really!

Enough of the failing financial markets, the gloomy economic indicators, the unemployment statistics and budgetary shortfalls. Enough of the ongoing war, the warming climate, the (more…)

Free to Good Home - Used Boyfriend

September 4, 2009

Tags: Craigslist, writing

This morning, sitting down and finding ways to avoid wrestling with my computer and figuring out how to fix the play I’m working on, I decided to glance through the job listings site on Craigslist. But that also sounded a lot like work. Wouldn’t it be more fun to look at what is being offered “free?”

The answer? (more…)

Identity Theft

June 30, 2009

It showed up as a form letter yesterday.

“I am writing to inform you that sensitive personally identifiable information about you may have been viewed by an individual who should not have had access to such information.”

The letter goes on to say that a man has pled guilty to conspiracy to commit identity (more…)

Dorothy Parker - shoot me now!

June 11, 2009

Tags: On Writing and Wit

American author Dorothy Parker once wrote, "If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy."

Yes - shoot me now! Writing is the ever-receding horizon. Just about the time I think I know what I'm doing it becomes apparent that I don't. So rather than write anything today I went searching for more quips and quotes by (more…)

Writing on the Road

May 18, 2009

I flew to Knoxville on May 14 for the opening night of a show my friend Jayne directed - "Forbidden Knoxville." It was filled with many clever references to local town politics and people, all set to well known show tunes. Of course, catchy songs have the damnedest way of burrowing into your brain and continuing to (more…)

I'm not kidding you

April 27, 2009

Here's the thing about not having kids - I can pretend that time has stopped. Or at least slowed waaaaay down. This kind of denial is impossible when I am staring into the eyes of a baby born and delivered by someone I vividly remember as a baby himself. I was recently in San Diego where my youngest (more…)

Prisons and the People in Them

March 30, 2009

Yesterday afternoon I went to local film festival to see a screening of JAIL TALK - a new documentary made by my friends Michelle and Chuck Clifton and their partners at Hudson River Films. ( The film profiles some of the most progressive and intense offender retraining programs in the United States.

Before his death my oldest brother spent time in prison, so the film resonated in a very personal way. Would things have turned out differently if he'd been in a program that aimed to break the cycle of addiction? This morning I woke up thinking of my brother and started an essay on what it is like to love - and lose - a brother that was so troubled and troubling.

Oh - and Michelle and I met because we were both attacked by rabid raccoons. At the time I joked that it was a Republican plot to have raccoons attack liberal, artistic Democratic women. Life finds some funny ways of throwing people together.

A Few Of My Plays

Three character, one set full length play
"The Goldman Project Should Be On Every Serious Theatregoer's To Do List" The Journal News
"Three Forks mixes right ingredients." Miami Herald
Did Peary really make it to the Pole?
Collected One Acts
An Evening of Short Comedies Exploring Reality, Relationships, and Love

The Hudson River

Your trash is my treasure

Hey? Are you copying me?

Finding ways to fence sand

South Carolina - where the waves of inspiration roll in...

Welcome to Madi's world

March 24 Morning...a Spring Deer