Frances makes


A high school dramedy
based loosely on the James Garfield assassination

About the Play

Frances Howe, high school senior, isn't doing anything with her life. Her grades are getting dangerously low, her friends are preparing to move on to college life, and everyone keeps asking about her nonexistent plans post-graduation. So when her mom mysteriously breaks up with her history teacher, Frances hatches a plan to get back at him and boost her grades at the same time. But things don't go exactly as she expects, and before she knows it she's sitting in the guidance counselor's office, dressed as a presidential assassin. Somehow she'll have to live up to everyone else's expectations, get her life back on track, and stay happy.

Breakdown: 1M, 4W, 2W/NB

Run time: 120 minutes

Production History

Staged Reading - Avalanche Theatre, 2019


I think you need to hear that nothing is set in stone. Your future doesn’t rest on one decision.


Then why do people act like it does? Like if I don’t decide now, it’ll be too late. I mean, is it ever too late to decide? And can you ever change your mind?



— Always.




What you want to do with your life? It’s always too late to decide, but you can always change your mind.



You know — how do I put this — that’s the first time you’ve said something that made me think you knew what you were talking about.

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