Winner of the 2017 Smith Prize for Political Theater
A dancing stork, lesbian moms, and the power to build your own baby...
In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first month of conception which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, they are either issued a PRE certification which legally guarantees the baby will be a "good" person or not. Without the certification, the child will be limited in what it is allowed to do.
Two couples, both early in their pregnancies, collide over whether or not to open the “PRE” certification test results, and what to do once they know the results.
With rapid advances in reproductive technology, modern eugenics is science’s Wild West. What will we do to “civilize” it and ourselves? How far will we go when playing God?
(Picture thanks to Peter Forret on Flickr Creative Commons.)
4 F, 1 M
Winner of the 2017 Yale-Horn Drama Prize for Emerging Playwright
Bottle Fly is the tale of a Florida Gulf Coast couple, their disabled young ward, two lesbian tenants, and the bonds between them that stick like honey. It is an earthy, cruel and hilarious multi-generational family drama of profound and reckless love.
Bottle Fly will be available from Yale Press in 2018.
Would you walk the streets as your online avatar? As George Clooney? What will we do when our physical and online identities meet? Set in the underground world of virtual graffiti, Click is a techno-epic that follows college students involved in a frat rape that goes viral; exploring how the event changes their lives from 2016-2031 as new technologies allow them to create identities that walk through the computer screen and into reality.
The Playwright would like to offer special thanks to: JT Rogers, Melisa Bensussen, Carrie Chapter, Emerson Stage Residency, Cristina Alicea, Drama League Residency, Sara Marnich, Viv Chace, Nell Bang-Jensen, Jeremy Gable, MJ Kaufman, Maybe Burke, Finn Lefevre, Ashley Rogers, Jessica Bashline, David LaMacchia, The Producer’s Fund, Allison Heishman, WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape), and Rebecca Wright.
The Arsonists is a lyrical Southern Gothic tale inspired by Electra about a father-daughter arson team who escapes to the Florida Everglades. It's a provocative journey from grief to redemption that delves into the primal bond between parent and child, and explores if that bond can ever truly be broken.
The Arsonists will be available from Samuel French in 2018.
When racial tensions come to a boiling point in a Florida town, the smallest actions can have paralyzing consequences; Slip/Shot is a heartbreaking drama about fear, unconscious bias, and our need to move forward.
(Pictures from productions at Flashpoint Theater Company and Seattle Public Theater)
Skin & Bone
3 F, 1 M
Skin & Bone is a comedy about elderly twin sisters, Midge and Madge, who hide a bizarre family secret from the world. Skin & Bone explores the absurd adherence to the time honored traditions that destroy you.
(Pictures from productions at Azuka Theater and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble)
The Terrible Girls
3 F, 1 M
Where did Mr. Witherose go? How do you properly dispose of a skull in the pantry? And who wants to go to the Happiest Place on Earth anyways? The Terrible Girls is a Southern Gothic horror-comedy that explores the duality of human nature and the murky line between friendship and obsession.
(Pictures from world premiere production at Azuka Theatre)
5 F, 1 M
A wandering preacher is embroiled in the passions and politics of a swampy Florida outpost ruled with a macabre sense of justice by two rival sisters during the Great Depression. The Oath is a darkly comic look at balancing ambition and ideals in a time of crisis.