Marcia Cebulska


Marcia Cebulska--playwright, screenwriter, and novelist--made Kansas her home in the fall of 1997. Born in Chicago, Marcia attended college at the University of Miami, Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City, and Barnard College in New York. She followed up with graduate work at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and the Folklore Institute at Indiana University.  Marcia has travelled widely and has lived in Seattle, Copenhagen, Athens and on the Greek island of Crete. She currently resides in the Potwin area of Topeka with her husband, historian Tom Prasch, and their cat Huey.

Kansas issues and stories inspire many of Marcia's works.  She wrote Now Let Me Fly for the national celebration of the 50thanniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision; Touched,about the life and death of Kansas playwright William Inge for the 25thannual William Inge Festival; Rooted, about the destruction and recovery of tornado-stricken Greensburg; Visions of Rightin response to the hate ministry of the Westboro Baptist Church headquartered in Topeka. Through Martha’s Eyes, her screenplay about a female slave in Kansas territory, aired nationally on PBS. 

Marcia Cebulska’s plays have been chosen for development by the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Sundance Playwrights Lab, the William Inge Theatre Festival and Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat.  They have been produced at the Georgia Repertory Theatre, HERE, the Phoenix Theatre, Frontera at Hyde Park, Fremont Centre Theatre, the Theatre Building, Fusion Theatre, Ad Astra and elsewhere.  Marcia has been writer-in-residence at the University of Georgia, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Marion College, Texas Lutheran University, and the William Inge Center for the Arts.  Marcia is a Fellow of the Center for Kansas Studies and is a member of The Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights Center. She is finishing up work on a novel entitled Watching Men Dance, largely set in Kansas, and is working on My, a non-fiction book of autobiographical essays.


Bibliography ( - housed in Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection)


  • “Horseradish,” short story published in North American Review, an excerpt from the manuscript Watching Men Dance

Full-length Plays

  • …and when the bough breaks
  • The Bones of Butterflies
  • Centaurs
  • Dear John
  • Florida
  • Now Let Me Fly—professional version published by Playscript, Inc.
  • Rooted
  • Touched: The Last 2,000 Heartbeats of William Inge
  • Visions of Right

Produced Filmscripts

  • Ever Since the Bad Thing Happened
  • Through Martha’s Eyes

Commissioned work includes:  Now Let Me Fly, commissioned by the Brown Foundation and Washburn University for the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision;  Touched,commissioned by the William Inge Festival for its 25thanniversary; Rooted, commissioned by The William Inge Center for the Arts through a National Endowment for the Arts grant; “Howard and Rosemary Go to the Osarks,” commissioned by the William Inge Center for the Arts for inclusion in The William Inge Variations.




Writing Samples


Selected Works


• Best Historical/Western Film, Trail Dance Film Festival
• Best of ’87 Award, Indianapolis City Magazine
• Broad Ripple Playhouse Playwriting Contest
• Dorothy Silver Award
• Indiana Master Artist Fellowship
• Jane Chamber International Award
• Kansas Master Artist Fellowship
• The Pen is a Mighty Sword International New Play Competition
• The Seven, Fusion Theatre Company competition
• Stage 3 Festival of New Plays, first place award


"Cebulska is undeniably deeply talented at the playwriting craft....I haven't stopped thinking about ‘Touched’ since I saw it Friday night. It is deeply moving...." -Phil Grecian, Topeka Capital-Journal

"Marcia Cebulska's play is Phoenix's best ever....It's the brightest and best of the new works the Phoenix has presented in all its five seasons... — Corbin Patrick, The Indianapolis Star

"Playwright Cebulska is a talent to watch; her lines are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but always meaningful." — Harriet Glazier, Arts Insight

"The drama develops slowly, but to a shattering climax. Cebulska's script is nearly perfect...Her dialogue is both eloquent and homely....This is serious theater, seriously done, and it has the power to make you change the way you see life." -- Marion Garmel, The Indianapolis Star

"Cebulska has a knack for skillfully meshing comic and tragic elements in a daring and unconventional form of American theatre." — Mike Pearson, Bloomington Herald-Telephone

"Uplifting...eloquent and emotional...a moving climax to Topeka's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Court ruling." - Bill Blankenship, Topeka Capital-Journal


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"Horseradish" Excerpt
Now Let Me Fly Author Book
Rooted Author Book
Through Martha's Eyes Author Book