Anne V. McGravie (1926 - 2022)
Anne V. McGravie was a Scottish-born Chicago playwright. Her plays include "Wrens," which won a Jeff Award for New Work in 1996 after being premiered by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, garnered an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, Ragdale, and was well-received at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival almost 15 years after its premier. "Wrens" is based on Anne's own experience as a member of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), known as the Wrens, during World War II.
Her other plays include "The Cairn Stones", "Bags", “The Clown Next Door” (Neapolitans Theatre Company”, “The Life and Deaths of Anna Mae Wong” (The Commons Theater), "The Poppy Garden," (Columbia College Theatre Dept), "The Radiance of a Thousand Suns -- The Hiroshima Project : a Drama with Music" (co-writer, with Nick Patricca, Dwight Okita, David Zak), “Conspiracy of Silence: The Magdalene Laundries”, “Alice and Margo” and “American Heartbeat: True Stories Told in Scenes and Monologues”. Her short play “A Stone-cold Case” was part of the opening celebrations for Loyola University Chicago's Newhart Family Theatre. Her short story "Inishfree" introduced Brigham Young University's production of “Arabian Nights”. Anne’s first novel, “Dancing on Ashes”, was published by Around the Block Press.
Anne was a fierce Scot, a strong female voice in Chicago’s theater community, and a founding voice in Chicago’s Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.