BIOSMary Scruggs (Writer/Performer)
Mary Scruggs has written The Fairy Trials, a series of nationally acclaimed plays for the Circuit Court of Cook County which teach the public about their court system. The plays are based on classic fairy tales which are adapted as courtroom dramas. Initiated as live theater for young audiences, the plays have also been adapted to film and video and have played for audiences of all ages throughout Cook County and beyond for the last thirteen years.
Mary's other playwriting credits include What Every Girl Should Know, a co-adaptation with Susan Messing, produced by The Annoyance Theater; The Ugly House, a Late Night Review created with Andy Miara; Karma, developed at the Lakeside Writing Studio and performed at the Skybox Theater; Bedtime Stories at the Skybox Theater, and Revelations, winner of the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Contest.
While in Los Angeles, she sold a script for Designing Women, developed a sitcom for Hearst Entertainment and wrote a handful of jokes for Barry Manilow.
Acting experience includes performing in "Hellcab" at Famous Door and playing various battered women seeking justice for Circuit Court public service videos and training seminars. In the education field, she has written curriculum for The Fairy Trials and other court projects, and she served on a citywide panel to develop the Arts Education Standards for in the Chicago Public Schools.
Mary lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
Edward Thomas-Herrera (Director)
Edward Thomas-Herrera has worked on many Live Bait productions, both solo and otherwise. He is the Author/Performer of Cocktail Confidential and Fun While it Lasted: A Farewell Tour. As a solo show director, he has directed Stephanie Shaw's Materia Prima and David Kodeski's And Some Can Remember Something of Some Such Thing for Live Bait's annual Fillet of Solo Festival. Edward's playwriting credits include Of Diamonds and Diplomats, MondoEdwardo, and Death on a Pink Carpet.