Elaine Brousseau is a playwright based in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work has been read or produced at theaters and festivals throughout the United States.


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On Monday, December 12, 2022, Elaine’s new play Arthur, Reading had a staged reading at the Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence, RI.

What does it mean to be your brother’s keeper? In Arthur, Reading, a play about mental illness, Carol struggles to balance the needs of her brother, Arthur, who suffers from schizophrenia, with her own. With compassion and humor, the play explores Arthur’s relationships with his sister and with Michael, his case manager and friend.

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On January 21, 2023, Elaine’s play Catharsis Interruptus had a production at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA, as part of the 21st annual New Works Festival. For event details, see here.

In Ancient Greece, two actors, Cosmas and Hilarion, use the occasion of an outdoor drama festival to debate the wisdom and necessity of the theatrical practice of wearing masks. Meanwhile, Thalia, Cosmas’ sister, has her own ideas. The play uses anachronism to heighten the comedy and put the mask-wearing in perspective.