The Tragedy of “The Women of Lockerbie”

By Ernest Kearney  —  On December 21, 1988 a bomb exploded on Pan Am Flight 103 over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 souls, aboard, died in the crash—which also claimed the lives of 11 on the ground.

The Women of Lockerbie, by Deborah Brevoort, does not address the crash or those responsible, but examines the suffering and grief of those left behind.

Set in Scotland on the seventh anniversary of the crash, Brevoort approaches the event as a Greek Tragedy, with an American mother wildly searching the Scottish hills for some trace of her child who was lost in the disaster.

Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolutionDirector Jim Blanchette presents this drama on a suitably stark stage (a tip of the hat to set designer Carrie Ackerman).  His cast serves the drama excellently, especially Alan Heitz as the distraught father of a lost child who is on the verge of losing his wife to grief.

For solid and superior staging, a GOLD MEDAL.


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 The Women of Lockerbie

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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, "Among the Vipers" was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at and Follow him on Facebook.

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