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Learning to Drive (feature) -- a coming of age tale set in the 1970's -- An introverted teenage girl tries to escape her abusive home when she lies about her age and gets a summer job at a local golf course where she falls into a secret love affair with a thirty year old disgraced golf pro.
- 2020 ARTemis Arts Wisdom Anthology Finalist
- Grand Prize Winner - StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest 2013
Charlotte (feature) -- Charlotte Bronte, brilliant, paralyzingly shy, and desperate to break away from her restricted, provincial life publishes her writing under a male pseudonym and then must fight to claim her identity on her own terms.
- Second Round of Competition for the 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab
Divine Food (feature) -- A forty year old former rock singer, having buried her artistic life to devote herself to her husband and children, falls in love with the alcoholic butcher at her grocery store who was once a great musician and risks everything in order to regain her voice.
Wake Up (short) -- Opal has been staring at half a picture her a whole life; but who is the stranger staring back? Skate has been living in the same place his whole life. When Opal returns to confront her past, she and Skate reconnect, and then an undone shoelace unravels everything.
- Finalist - Best Dark Comedy - 2019 Los Angeles Int'l Indie Short Fest
- Official Selection - 2019 New Haven Int'l Film Festival
- Produced for the 2018 48 Hour Film Project - New Haven
- Winner - Best Actress - Linda Manning
Ghost Ride (short) -- An alienated New York City cab driver picks up a desperate fare who takes him on a ride of reawakening.
- Official Selection - Manhattan Film Festival - 2017
- Official Selection - New York Short Film Festival - 2016
Linda's Jazz Nights (one hour drama) -- After the mysterious disappearance of her husband, Linda - a jazz singer who sacrificed her career to raise three kids - struggles to save her Bronx Jazz Club, and maybe herself. If only she can stave off nasty creditors, sexy musicians, and her own worst instincts.
Terminal Falls (short episodes) co-written with Vincent Liota -- Opal, a middle-aged orphan with a bit of a drinking problem, haunted by nightmares of her past and cripplingly afraid of her future -- is stuck. When an envelope containing only a rock lands on her doorstep she musters the courage to return to her hometown of Terminal Falls to reclaim the family she never knew.
Perfect Love (solo show) -- Why does a woman with a loving husband and two kids suddenly find herself unbearably anxious, unable to sleep, and her only comfort an old poster of Robert Redford? Linda tracks her evolution from a rootless girl to a teenager surrounded by predatory, abusive men, to a reckless woman on the hunt for perfect love with every dangerous man she meets.
Directed by Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Gretchen Cryer
- Scheduled to open at the Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC May, 2020, due to Covid-19 it has been postponed
- Presented by Poor Mouth Theatre Co. - November 2019
- Presented by Dixon Place - April 2019
- Official Selection - United Solo Festival in NYC 2018
There is No You and Me (full length) -- A married woman walks into a bar...to reclaim a piece of her past. Can she put an old lover to rest and reinvent herself, or is this a ghost story destined to be repeated?
- Finalist - New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest - 2017
- Staged Reading - 2018 Produced by The Drawing Board
Bite the Apple (full length) -- Cinderella, in the middle of a full blown mid-life crisis, comes face to face with the lies she has told herself and is thrust into the stories of Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Rapunzel exposing their emotionally treacherous stories of sexual abuse, abandonment, and betrayal, unearthing her own past she has tried to forget, and discovering the possibility of a new story, of her own making.
- 2021 Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation Grantee
- Finalist - Kentucky Women Writers Prize - 2019
GUY (full length) -- Guy, a successful truck salesman in his mid-sixties, is dying. When his estranged, middle-aged daughter shows up at his door full of self doubt having followed in his footsteps and become a wandering, rootless Cowboy herself, Guy must face the real world consequences of his actions. Will he be able to save her before it’s too late?
- Semi-Finalist - Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference 2007
DO SOMETHING WITH YOURSELF! The Life of Charlotte Brontë (full length) -- This is the story of Charlotte Brontë’s emergence as a world class novelist as she carves out her own path between the provincial constrained existence of her Victorian reality and the fantasy world of her novels where so much more is possible.
- Produced by The Invisible Theatre in NYC
- Published by Smith & Kraus Publishers
The Fall of the House of Usher (full length) -- An adaptation of Poe's mysterious and fantastic short story -- mad, reclusive Roderick Usher, obsessed with this twin sister Madeline, lures his oldest friend, William, to visit him in his haunted mansion (played by four dancers). William falls in love with Madeline and attempts to free both brother and sister from their tortuous bond.
- Produced by The Invisible Theatre in NYC
Contact Linda at LindaSManning at gmail.com