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"This is a disarmingly frank and involving new play about life as it is lived and one is attracted to its restless honesty." Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"The real star of this production is McCullough's pointed and highly-charged writing. She interweaves drama and comedy so closely that at moments we didn't know what to feel." Suzy Evans, Chicagoist

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Lucinda's Bed

Doug MacKechnie as Adam and Elizabeth Laidlaw as Lucinda, Chicago Dramatists, 2009,directed by Jessi D. Hill; photo by Jeff Pines

Doug MacKechnie, Elizabeth Laidlaw, & Lucas Neff, Chicago Dramatists, 2009,directed by Jessi D. Hill; photo by Jeff Pines

Lucas Neff as the Monster and Elizabeth Laidlaw as Lucinda, Chicago Dramatists, 2009, directed by Jessi D. Hill; photo by Jeff Pines

Elizabeth Laidlaw, Lucas Neff, & Doug MacKechnie, Chicago Dramatists, 2009,directed by Jessi D. Hill; photo by Jeff Pines

Doug MacKechnie as Adam and Elizabeth Laidlaw as Lucinda, Chicago Dramatists, 2009,directed by Jessi D. Hill; photo by Jeff Pines

Lucas Neff as the Monster and Elizabeth Laidlaw as Lucinda, Chicago Dramatists, 2009, directed by Jessi D. Hill; photo by Jeff Pines

Lucas Neff as the Monster and Elizabeth Laidlaw as Lucinda, Chicago Dramatists, 2009, directed by Jessi D. Hill; photo by Jeff Pines

Elizabeth Laidlaw as Lucinda and Lucas Neff as the Monster, Chicago Dramatists, 2009, directed by Jessi D. Hill; photo by Jeff Pines

LUCINDA'S BED chronicles the life of Lucinda, a "Good Girl"-then-woman, through the significant moments that happen in and around her bed.

It begins with a bed piled high with frilly, girlie sheets, but as each new stage of her life comes, a layer of bedding is pulled away to reveal something new. The two men who populate the piece are the "Monster"-under-her-bed, who portrays the various men that compromise Lucinda's self-worth and tempt her darker side, and Adam who represents all the "Nice Guys" who promise to protect her but hurt her anyway.

As the plays proceeds each of the characters tries to break from their mold. Lucinda desperately wants out of her "Good Girl" shackles, but by the time she figures out how to not be a unfailing rule-follower, there is too much to lose. The Monster, bound to Lucinda, finds himself falling in love with her despite his job as instigator and seducer. Adam is the only one who manages to release himself from his role as "Nice Guy," but not without gravely hurting Lucinda in the process.

With each new betrayal Lucinda becomes harder and more bitter. Finally, with her heart turning to stone, Lucinda turns into a monster herself, releasing Adam from a hero role he cannot possibly fulfill, and seducing the love-sick Monster into granting her final wish.

LUCINDA'S BED premiered at Chicago Dramatists in the fall of 2009.

"What renders this world premiere at Chicago Dramatists so captivating, and so heartbreakingly real, is the insight, pain, raw beauty, truth, deep maturity and impressive originality of her storytelling -- and the bare-bones emotional economy of it all." Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times