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Plays/Novels

MEMORIES OF A LOUISIANA GIRLHOOD is to be published in 2021 by the University of Lafayette Press. (New)

PLAYS
SLOW FUGUE BEFORE DYING (play)
-Chosen from a field of 235 scripts to be workshopped at TheatreWork in Santa Fe, NM, August, 1999
-1997 winner of the Festival of Firsts sponsored by Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea: produced in September, 1997
-First place in the Aonian Productions Competition, second place in the Alleyway Theatre Maxim Mazumdar Competition in 1996
-F
inalist for production at Actors Theatre’s Humanafest, spring, 1997
-Finalist in a number of other national competitions.
-Produced at the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane , Summer 2002. 

WELCOME PARTY (play)
-Finalist in a number of national competitions, including the one sponsored by the National Repertory Theater in Los Angeles. 
-Staged reading at Futurefest in July, 1999. 
-A monologue is included in EVEN MORE MONOLOGUES FOR WOMEN, BY WOMEN, edited by Tori Haring-Smith,  published by Heinemann Books.
-One of five to be given staged readings at the New Play Festival sponsored by the New American Theatre in Rockford, Illinois, in September, 2000. 

JAZZ AT MIDNIGHT (play)
–One of three finalists in a field of several hundred in Alleyway Theatre’s 1999 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition
-Staged reading at the Alleway Theatre April, 2000.  
-One of four finalists in the year 2001 new play competition sponsored by the UNI Theatre, a Canadian company. 

WAGES (play)
-One of 25 selected from 160 entries in the 9th Annual Last Frontier (Edward Albee) Theatre Conference (Valdez, Alaska) 2001
-Staged reading at the 9th Annual Last Frontier (Edward Albee)Theatre Conference 2001
-Staged reading at the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane in August 2001.

MOTHERTALK (play)

MIXED DOUBLES (play)
-Written with Henry Avery
-Produced at the Baton Rouge Little Theatre 1984
Video Interview (10-19-1984),  Louisiana: The State We’re In. Beth Courtney interviews Dubus and Henry Avery

PRINCESS SARA  (book for musical)
-Musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s THE LITTLE PRINCESS, in collaboration with Henry Avery. 
-Produced at the Baton Rouge Little Theatre.

NOVELS
Published in the U.S. by G. P. Putnam, St. Martin’s Press, and Berkeley; in England and Australia by Harper-Collins; and in France by Press de la Renaissance, J’ai Lu, and France Loisir.

CAJUN  (1983) – The lives and fortunes of two families–the de Clouets, aristocrats fleeing the French Revolution, and the Langlinaises, Acadians evicted from their land in Nova Scotia–and their descendants intertwine in French Louisiana (First book in the Arcadia Trilogy)

WHERE LOVE RULES (1985) – Continues the saga of the Cajun Langlinais family who find themselves pitted against the aristocratic Charles Livaudais, when oil is discovered on adjoining Langlinais-Livaudais land, a situation that threatens the love of Beau Langlinais and Caroline Livaudais

TO LOVE & TO DREAM (1986) – World War II changes the lives of Caro Langlinais and her brother Skye, children of an influential Louisiana family, as they search for love and find themselves torn between fidelity and desire

TWILIGHT OF THE DAWN (1989)- For Gabriele Cannon and her Louisiana family, the Civil War brings conflicting loyalties, romance, hardship, and fear as they are faced with a choice between the Old South and their dreams of the future.

MARGUERITE TANNER (1982)

Short fiction has appeared in NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, REDBOOK, and GOOD HOUSEKEEPING.