Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

By Merri Biechler
Sunday, July 22, 7 p.m.

Kantner Hall 307 (
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Admission is free

Playwright Merri Biechler and the College of Osteopathic Medicine ( will present a staged reading of Biechler’s CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT CAREGIVER. This moving play chronicles the writer’s experience as caregiver to her mother and father before their deaths due to cancer.

A post-show discussion with health care professionals will follow.

Contact: Merri Biechler at 740-593-1597.

In addition to being a Kendeda Finalist with readings in New York and Atlanta, and an participant in the upcoming WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab, CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT CAREGIVER has been named the winner of the 2007 Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award. It will have a reading at the annual conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education this July in New Orleans. (

Merri Biechler is the recipient of several Ohio University awards, including the 2006 Trisolini Graduate Fellowship, a 2006 Student Enhancement Award, the 2006 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the 2005 Scott McPherson Award for Playwriting. Her play THE BATHTUB PLAY won the 2005 Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award and last year received a staged reading at New York City’s Playwrights’ Playground. Her plays have been workshopped and performed in New York and Los Angeles. She spent two summers participating in the playwriting intensive at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where she studied with Lee Blessing, Marsha Norman, Author Kopit and Gary Garrison.

While at Ohio University her plays WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY ABBY? and HER SUMMER FLING received readings the annual Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights’ Festival. Her 10-minute play BRACE FOR IMPACT won second place at the 2006 KCACTF Region III festival and was featured this past fall in TitleWave’s Ten Minute Play Festival in Cleveland. A monologue from her play THE CELERY CONSPIRACY can be found in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 30’s by Smith and Kraus Publishers, Inc.

She’s currently working on two full length thesis plays: CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT CAREGIVER which chronicles her experience as caregiver to her mother and father before their deaths due to cancer, and REAL GIRLS CAN’T WIN! which was the featured studio production of the 2007 Seabury Quinn Jr Playwrights’ Festival.


One Response

  1. “A stage for end-of-life issues: Play finds place in medical students’ curriculum” OUtlook, Aug. 16, 2007

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