“Flippin’ Thru the Rolodex,” by Woodstock resident Brenda “Mimi” Fontaine, makes its debut Friday at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in downtown Woodstock.
The comedy tells the story of four widowers who use a Rolodex to find dates.
“This story came from a friend in Texas who has something similar happen in her dating life,” Fontaine said in a telephone interview this week. “When she told me we laughed and laughed, then I got off the phone and started writing.”
The play runs through Saturday.
Fontaine, 58, has been writing full time for about five years.
Previously, she worked for 20 years as an interior designer and freelance writer.
Fontaine said she prefers writing screenplays, and has gained some recognition in a short time.
She has been recognized three times in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, an annual competition judged by network studio officials and other writers.
Fontaine said she was also invited to attend a writing seminar organized and hosted by Ernest Thompson, who is best know for his play “On Golden Pond.”
The play would go on to be adapted to a movie, for which Thompson won an Academy Award in 1982.
Fontaine she actually wrote “Flippin’ Thru the Rolodex” as a screenplay but changed it to a stage play at the urging of Thompson.
Fontaine said her play has been submitted to other Georgia theater companies and she hoped their would soon be other presentations of “Flippin’ Thru the Rolodex.”
As for future work, Fontaine said she has a project with Atlanta writer, director and actor Ken Feinberg.
She said they were in the pre-production phase working to turn another one of her screenplays, “Harry’s House,” into a movie.