Arlene Hutton


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by Arlene Hutton

When their daughter was paralyzed after falling off a pony, Margaret and Frank gave birth to a second child in hopes of using her stem cells for an experimental treatment to help her older sister. STEM examines the horrendous cost to a family after a child makes the ultimate sacrifice for her sibling.

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Production Notes


EMMA, a child, played by an adult

CECILIA, her older sister, also played by an adult

MARGARET, their mother

FRANK, their fatherAll the actors are played by adults.

Diversity is encouraged.EMMA and CECILIA could be EMMETT and CECIL, cast with young men.MARGARET and FRANK could also be played by two women, as MARGARET and FRANCES.TimeNext week.PlaceThe family room of an upper middle class family.

STEM was presented by Cutler Bay Community Theatre at their Love + Technology Festival in Miami, FL, November 11, 2020. The production was directed by Marina Attar and Judson Wright. The cast was as follows:EMMA-Samantha BridgesMARGARET-Tracie MerwitzerFRANK-Christian RiveroCECILIA-Molly Irizarry


Arlene Hutton

Arlene Hutton is the author of Letters to Sala, As It Is In Heaven and Last Train to Nibroc, which premiered at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, received a NY Drama League Best Play nomination, was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize and was the first FringeNYC play to move off-Broadway. The Rubicon Theatre production of her play Gulf View Drive received a 2018 Ovation Award for Best Production. Regional credits include B Street, Chester Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Florida Studio Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, Mad Cow, and Washington Stage Guild.

Her plays have been presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, in London and throughout the... [FULL BIO]