iDream (WGAe# 1237535) is an original play, written by Eileen Trauth and Suzanne Trauth, about women in the information technology (IT) field who are tackling the issues of experiencing, internalizing and overcoming barriers to inclusion. The characters, plot and dialogue of the play come from over 200 interviews with women working in the IT field around the world. The characters embody the struggles of those who are marginalized in by virtue of gender, ethnicity or socio-economic status, but who seek inclusion and equality in the information society. This dramatic presentation of the universal themes of experiencing and overcoming barriers to inclusion is intended to have universal appeal beyond the context of this play.
The iDream project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF #1039546).
More information and the script are available at www.IdreamThePlay.com
It is somewhere in America. Khadi, Theresa, Amanda, Titus and Daryl are high school students confronting an uncertain future: whether or not to go to college and if they decide to, how to make that happen. They are African-American, Latina, white, rich, poor, and from single and dual parent households. They are encouraged by Ms. Donahue “Ms. D”, the dynamic teacher of their Digital Design course, who has encountered barriers of her own, to explore careers in the computer field. They discover careers that interest them, but each of the young women also encounters barriers to the pursuit of her dream. Khadi’s father is away in the army and her mother has two jobs. She also has a younger brother to take care of. She’s not sure she can go away to college to pursue her dream of studying robotics. Amanda, whose mother is a single parent and high school dropout, does not have confidence in her academic ability. But with the mentoring of Ms. D. she gradually comes to believe in herself and the possibility of studying intelligence analysis in college. Theresa is very talented in mathematics, is an active member of the high school computer club, and the class valedictorian. She wants to study computer science and make a career of developing video games. But her father wants her to become a hair dresser so she can help support her family. Over the course of their senior year these young women discover their places in the world while they struggle with the obstacles—personal, family, and academic—that might prevent them from following their dreams. The climax of the play occurs at an all-night after graduation party.
ACM SIGMIS, Computers & People Conference, Nashville, TN, June 2019
Hope Road, Dayton, OH, September 2017
University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, December 2016
Dixie State University, St. George, UT, November 2016
University of Nebraska, Omaha, NB, Spring 2014
State Theatre, State College, PA, October 2012
Premiere Stages, Union, NJ, October 2012
National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C., June 2012
Greater Cincinnati Writers League (GCWL)
I am a member of a literary group in existence since 1930. It is devoted to nurturing the community of local poets. GCWL meets the second Friday of each month, to read and critique each other’s works, in the Hermitage Room of The Regency, 2444 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH.
Eileen Trauth. 2020. “Mud Flap Blues” and “Homestead” in Within Us: A Poetry Anthology in Celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League.
Poetry Open Mic, Ennis, Ireland (Zoom)
Sisters in Crime (sistersincrime.org)