When She Had Wings


New Work
Writers: Suzan Zeder


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Drama, Comedy, Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Contemporary, Fantasy/Imaginary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
backyard, July, present day, Nebraska
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Middle School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA)
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes child, young adult, adult, mature adult, elderly characters


Somewhere in Nebraska, a little girl named B is dreaming of flight. She can remember a time when she had wings and could take to the skies, but now those memories are fading and she is desperate to get into the air one more time before she turns 10. After a thunderstorm, a mysterious figure appears in her treehouse: a timeless woman who moves like a bird and speaks only in strange squawks. B realizes who the woman is--her hero, Amelia Earhart. Slowly, B helps the woman (called A) remember who she is, and together they rediscover flight, metaphorically and literally. A beautiful and visionary play for all ages, When She Had Wings inspires the audience to remember their dreams and embrace their imaginations so that they too may take flight.

Lead Characters

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