"Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another." ― Toni Morrison, Beloved
Marlea Evans lived many lives in several different time zones, collecting fast friends and excruciating failures. She was a Navy wife and French teacher in Oklahoma; she became an actor/ singer/ teacher in Philadelphia, changed her name from Linda to Marlea when joining the Screen Actor’s Guild in New York City. She worked as a waitress and a proofreader to support acting, off off and off-Broadway, then in Los Angeles she became a playwright, a documentary filmmaker and a writer of stories and scripts.
With the Women Artists Group of Los Angeles, she performed her short stories in venues all over the city; A performance theater piece that began as a dialogue with music and lyrics for two choirs, Women in the Kitchen and Five Uncles, became her play, Lone Wolf Rhapsody, which was produced at LATC and won an LA Weekly award for Best Music Written for a Play (shared with composer John Ballinger). The journal Women’s Studies at Claremont College published her short story,“Belief.”
Inappropriately Yours, a novelized version of her ongoing affair and marriage, chronicles her ability to tame “the beast in the jungle” (unlike Henry James’s Marcher) and to accept imperfect love as the “great thing” that would happen to her. Or, was it? She is currently organizing the stories of Inappropriately Yours, ongoing episodes in the lives of sparring partners Gus and Mona Lee.
She was formerly a volunteer for Wonder of Reading, for many years with the Motion Picture and Television Fund, and she will probably be donating her documentary, The Plan Is Workin', Project Montgomery, to the Montgomery family.