Plays and Adaptations

Kirstin is most interested in telling stories of the human spirit. Her plays are based on true stories and extraordinary people.

Kirstin also loves telling familiar tales from a different perspective, she is currently working on a Contemporary Nordic adaptation of Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire. 

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The Rachel Corrie Project

Not to be confused with My Name is Rachel Corrie, The Rachel Corrie Project (TRCP) is a two person play traversing the journals and essays of human rights activist Rachel Corrie throughout her life and her relationship with her father. TRCP was adapted from the published journal "Let Me Stand Alone" and was workshopped and performed in 2010 in Sarasota Florida at the Asolo Rep Late Night Series.  The production starred Kirstin and Michael Joseph Mitchell, Directed by Margaret Eginton. The performance was filmed and has toured Peace and Justice film festivals throughout the midwest. In 2014 Kirstin had the distinct honor of meeting Craig and Cindy Corrie and participated in a discussion about the production/film and Rachel's life the discussion/viewing took place at St.Olaf College. An article about what inspired the adaptation was published on the front page of the Northfield News: http://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/archives/article_b4f9a23f-04c1-5e38-a24f-a48cb1861d37.html

Original Cast and Co-Writers of Life in the Middle: (From Left) Ghafir Akbar, Kirstin Franklin, Peter Mendez, Alexandra Guyer, Nissa Perrot, Sarah Gavitt and Kevin Stanfa

Life in the Middle- published by Playscripts, Inc.

Life in the Middle started out as a devised/docudrama theatre piece. Kirstin along with 8 actors interviewed over 500 Middle School students in the Sarasota/Bradenton area conducting interviews about the trials and tribulations in life as a Middle School student. With the help of director KJ Sanchez these interviews were transcribed and curated for the stage with the addition of 5 original songs by Phil Pickens. The script debuted at Asolo Repertory in 2009 and has had numerous performances around the country since. The play is available for purchase: https://www.playscripts.com/play/2285 

Go Get 'Em Gals

In her most ambitious project to date, Kirstin is working on a cycle of plays about women who were warriors of their time. Women who have fought against oppressors, fought for their rights, for the rights of others, who fought for their art and who struck an influential match that continues to burn today. The cycle will include full plays by the extraordinary lives of Mother Jones, Empress Dowager Cixi, Malala Yousafzai, Beryl Markham, Harriet Jacobs, Lee Miller, Sylvia Plath, Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette and Wendy Wasserstein. In the cycle Kirstin will also produce 5-10, 10 minute shorts of other extraordinary women.