Our Second Annual evening of parodies and homages returns with Cocktails and Classics.  Learn more about the playwrights and performers in this blog series.  

Meet Vivian Lermond, whose play, "Twisted Dickens," gives us some...great expectations.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Aside from my bio information, I guess I can add that I am prone to multi-tasking and have always been a person who seeks out new creative adventures and challenges.

What inspired you to write your piece?
When I received your call for submissions, I thought about some of my favorite literary classics. Great Expectations is certainly in that category. It was great fun crafting a short parody around that tale.

What's your favorite thing about theatre?
As a writer, it is a wonderful experience to see the characters I have created come to life. As an audience member, I love to immerse myself in the live action on stage and engage in the wide range of universal experiences and emotions.

Why are classics and new takes on classics still important today? As 21st century writers, the classics provide us with a treasure trove of powerful works with wonderful plots and characters that have justly stood the test of time.  New takes offer us an opportunity to add a modern twist to a classic tale.

Anything else you'd like to tell us?
I'm looking forward to sharing "Twisted Dickens" with the Turn To Flesh Productions audience!


Vivian is an award-winning playwright who has penned 45 one-act plays and monologues that have entertained audiences in the US, Mexico, England and Scotland. Her full-length drama/comedy, Back to Bethlehem (PA), premiered Off-Broadway in 2006 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. In addition to her stage plays, Vivian has also written two full length screenplays that were awarded first place in two highly competitive screenwriting contests.

She has taught playwriting at a local college and has facilitated playwriting workshops at writing conferences. Vivian currently lends her talents to Gallagher Literary, an LA talent management company, where she evaluates pitches and screenplay submissions. She also freelances for, where she is a script analysis specialist for stage plays. Vivian has been a proud member of The Dramatists Guild since 1998.


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