“Dear Mavis” – DivaFest 2019


by Enid Cokinos

Dear Mavis is a comedy about an aging advice columnist who is inspired by “Miss Manners”. When a just-out-of-college editor takes over the newspaper and implements changes in every department, Mavis is teamed up with a twenty-something blogger to write a brand-new column. What could go wrong?

IndyFringe – Indy Eleven Theatre

(719 East St. Clair Street, Indianapolis)

Saturday, April 13: 6:45 p.m.

Friday, April 19: 7:00 p.m.

  Saturday, April 20: 7:15 p.m.

*Performance time of Dear Mavis is approximately one hour.
*Age recommended: 12 and over.

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Cast (in order of appearance)



Forba loves having the works of these talented, creative Women Playwrights come alive for them to see.

She makes her movie premiere with the upcoming film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as Louise Bundy, Ted Bundy’s mother. She is currently filming an Independent film where she portrays a racketeer bar owner. Follow @forbashepherd & LinkedIn.






Holly holds a BS from Ball State University in Dance and Theatre Performance. Real life job: Education Programs Director at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. Favorite roles: Mrs. Wilkinson (Billy Elliot); Velma Kelly (Chicago); Charity (Sweet Charity) Fastrada (Pippin) Recent: Regional Premier of Bright Star at The Phoenix Theatre and Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird at Civic Theatre. Favorite role: Mother to her three boys and a French bulldog, Sir Quincy Pierre.





Spencer Elliott has been involved in many local productions as a director, actor, and lighting designer. He is looking forward to directing a workshop production of Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf’s Catholic Boy Blues at Indy Fringe in June and Enid Cokinos’ Fairy Godmother & Associates at this year’s Fringe Festival.




Ashley Chase Elliott equally enjoys spending time on the stage and behind the curtain, and she has been involved in many local productions as an actor, director, choreographer, and costumer. Favorite theatrical roles include Gwendolyn Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest and Edie Beale in Grey Gardens: The Musical.


*Ashley is also the Stage Manager for the production of Dear Mavis.






David Mosedale is excited about experiencing his first DivaFest adventure. Local credits include Lear in King Lear, Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Polonius in Hamlet, Captain Brackett in South Pacific, Douglas Finch in Impressionism, the Stage Manager in Our Town, and Herr Schultz in Cabaret.





Enid is excited to return to DivaFest and thanks the talented actors and director, Spencer Elliott, for bringing Dear Mavis to life!

Enid’s plays have been produced in Indiana and Connecticut and include: Night Train (CT), Fairy Godmother & Associates (IN), Now and Then (IN), and Sweet Virginia (IN).

Most recently, Now and Then, was a finalist in the 2018 Midwest Dramatist Conference held in Kansas City.  That same play received Honorable Mention in the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Helen-Jean Play Contest based in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley.

Currently, she is writing several new plays and a children’s book and she is a proud member of the Indiana Writers Center.

Enid thanks her husband, Todd (a/k/a Editor-in-Chief), and her local writer’s group — Marjie Giffin, Judy Miller and Kassie Ritman — for their encouragement and support since beginning her creative journey in 2014.

Special thanks to:

  • Andy Black for his playwriting mentorship and support.
  • Her husband, friends and fellow playwrights, and actors who attended the table reading of Dear Mavis and provided suggestions and encouragement to help move it forward.
  • Her talented writer friends who read Dear Mavis and provided helpful insights and suggestions.
  • Stacy Post for her invaluable insights on all things playwriting and for her continued encouragement.
  • Kassie Ritman for her creativity and photographic skills in creating the Dear Mavis graphic.


DivaFest is a juried playwriting festival that showcases Indiana women playwrights and is presented in association with IndyFringe and Andrew Black, Indiana Writers Center.