Helen Kantor is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, poet.
by Helen Kantor
In an effort to compensate for her own mother’s cruel abandonment, Eve Tilden has let her daughter, Audrey, indulge in childish obsessions with mythical creatures for too long. Just seventeen, Audrey refuses to step toward womanhood, preferring the world of make-believe to the real one. Carl, Eve’s husband focuses on a solo photography exhibition for Daphne, Eve’s mother. He is determined to treat Audrey like she is normal teenager. When preparing for the kitchen remodel, Eve uncovers a box of concert t-shirts at the back of her closet that unleash memories of the life she had before Carl. Demolition disrupts the house, upsetting Audrey in alarming ways. But as Nick, their contractor and a stunning young surfer, becomes part of the household, Eve’s rebel self makes a comeback. Inspired by her rock concert past, Eve finds an unconventional way to seduce Audrey out of the isolation and fantasy that hold her captive.
VOCAL LESSONS is a stage play about two sisters, Jane and Larkin, who formed a grrrl band, The Harlots, in their 20s. But the feminist punk band broke up when Jane got pregnant, and Larkin split to sing in a metal band. Now in their 40s, they are challenged by Jane’s daughter, Violet, to get their band back together. But how, when Larkin is losing her voice and Jane needs to find hers? Can they make their music work for a new generation, or will they just be reliving the past?
Helen Kantor has coached writers to develop their craft, and designed curriculum for graduate and undergraduate levels. She also harnesses storytelling to win philanthropic funding for nonprofits and institutions of higher education. She holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, a BA from UC Santa Cruz, and lives in the Los Angeles area..