Civic Picks Turner's 'Simply Staged' Play

Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017, 12:49pm

A play first presented publicly during the January 2015 Curtain Players Simply Staged readers theatre weekend has been picked up for its first fully staged production with another central Ohio company.

Emily Turner’s Girl in Progress has been voted to be Patrons’ Choice offering at Columbus Civic Theater where it will be staged October 26 through November 19.

Curtain Players described Girl in Progress a warm, funny, touching, and poignant story about the determined optimism of a young woman who struggles coming to terms with a variety of disappointments in and with a life that is extraordinarily ordinary. Turner, Christina Yoho, and Ashley Woodard appeared in the Curtain Players reading, directed by Dale Bush.

Turner made her playwriting debut at Simply Staged with Girl in Progress. Turner has a long history with Curtain Players, appearing in such productions as Harvey, The Curious Savage, The Boys Next Door, and Book of Days. She has served on the governing board and has been a longtime volunteer.

This was Turner’s biography from the Simply Staged program: Emily Turner began writing at a very young age. One-page grade school essays often turned into rambling 20-page narratives written in crayon, but teachers and family encouraged her: Emily earned an English Literature degree from The Ohio State University. Facebook provided an outlet for Turner’s silly blurbs about such topics as Cheez-Its, family, fitting into pants, and her beloved Basset Hound, Betsy, and those observations and musings developed into Girl in Progress. Turner says she writes to make people laugh and to help them see the humor in the mundane.