JUNE FINFER has written plays, musicals, and a TV series, as well as documentary and educational films. Her play, The Glass House, is under option by Madd River Productions, which produced it in New York in 2010, and is planning a new production in 2022. A musical, Burnham’s Dream: The White City (now Dream City) written with Elizabeth Doyle, was presented at Theater Wit in Chicago in 2018. Her documentaries, which are distributed throughout the world, focus on the built environment and architecture, including Greentowns USA: A New Deal; Tugendhat House: Mies van der Rohe’s Czech Masterpiece; Creating Community: Lafayette Park; Passionate Nature: Chicago Parks of Alfred Caldwell; The Farnsworth House; and Eagle Point Park. She also wrote and produced The Hall of Man, about the creation of an artistic museum exhibit about race. She has created more than thirty educational programs ranging from art and folktales to poetry. Her work has won awards from The American Film Festival, CINE, Goethe-Institute, Graham Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Humanities Council, Maryland Humanities Council, Ohio Humanities Council, TELLY U.S. International Film and Video Festival, and has been broadcast on PBS. Long ago she taught English language and literature at the high school and college levels and studied photography. MS Northwestern University, MA University of Chicago.
Dream City, written with Elizabeth Doyle, Musical, 4W/7M with doubling.
The Trenton Six, limited TV series, 1950s true story of innocent men accused of murder.
One Act Plays:
The Pilgrim of Love, a play with songs, a valentine to the power of love, adapted from Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra, where talking birds guide a Muslim prince to his love. 3W/4M with doubling. Workshopped at Piven Theater, Chicago Writer Bloc.
He and She, can new love withstand living together? 1W/2M
Liza, a lifetime – from young immigrant to grandmother, monologue, 1W
Ten Minute Plays:
Vocabulary Lesson, children learn the danger of “cancel culture.” 2W/2M with doubling.
Couples Therapy, Bottom and Titania, from Midsummer Night’s Dream, seek help with their relationship. 1W/2M
Bat and Crow, for young children on Halloween, 3 actors