Scars, healing, & the power of women. A play for our time.

Alabaster makes the Kilroys List!

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DANA BROOKE
RACHEL BURTTRAM

CAROLYN MESSINA

and SARA MORSEY

in FLORIDA REP'S NNPN Rolling World Premiere production of ALABASTER. 

directed by 
JASON PARRISH

photos by
NICK ADAMS

stage manager

RUTH KRAMER

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“Sometimes a piece just glues you to your chair, makes you laugh, rips your heart out, and when it's done you want to hold the people you love tightly and not let go. ” 
TONY CASELLI, AD, WILLIAMSTON THEATRE
Read More Reviews of ALABASTER on New Play Exchange

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IN THE WORKS 

Record-Breaking 11-City Rolling World Premiere:

  • Dec 2019 • Florida Repertory Company, Ft Myers, FL

  • Jan 2020 • Capital Stage, Sacramento, CA

  • Jan 2020 • Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas, TX

  • Feb 2020 • Shrewd Productions, Austin, TX

  • Feb 2020 • 16th Street Theatre, Chicago, IL

  • Feb 2020 • Know Theatre, Cincinnati, OH

  • May 2021 • Salt Lake Acting Co., Salt Lake City, UT

  • Oct 2021 • Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN

  • TBD • Williamston Theatre, Williamston, MI

  • TBD • New Jersey Rep, Long Branch, NJ

  • TBD • Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Eugene, OR

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ALABASTER, winner of the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, was named an official selection of the National New Play Network's 17th Annual Showcase of New Plays The play was presented to NNPN member and industry leaders at B Street Theatre in December, 2018.

ALABASTER Featured at 2018 NNPN Showcase! 

ALABASTER by Audrey Cefaly

“Sometimes a piece just glues you to your chair, makes you laugh, rips your heart out, and when it's done you want to hold the people you love tightly and not let go. ”  Tony Caselli, AD, Williamston Theatre

“Alabaster" is that one-in-a-thousand play that works both as a bittersweet comedy that's full of surprises and as a heart wrenching testament to what it means to be alive in an age of uncertainty.”  Joel Stone, Literary Manager, NJ Rep

“Audrey's play is a beautiful character study. It has deep and flawed and human characters that keep you rapt for the duration.”  Jason Parrish, AD, Florida Rep

“A stunning play about art, vulnerability, and taking that first step toward healing .”  Brian James Polak, playwright, podcaster: The Subtext

“Scars of life. A talking goat! YES!!! This is theater at its best. ”  Ann Filmer, Founding AD, 16th Street Theatre

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SYNOPSIS

After a tornado barrels through town leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale. When a prominent photographer visits to take pictures of June's scars, both are forced to reconcile the pain of loss and recovery. This all-female, darkly comic southern drama explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it.

Alabaster is about an artist who lost her entire family (and nearly died herself) in an Alabama tornado. Three years since the devastation, June has isolated herself, along with her goats Wezzy and Bib, on what remains of her family farm. June, who suffers from agoraphobia and crippling PTSD, is covered, from head to toe... with scars. She gets up every day and feeds the goats, weeds the garden, and picks up her paintbrush. Alice, a world-renowned photographer, has come to take pictures of June for a series on women with scars. But Alice, a lesbian photographer from New York, is carrying scars of her own and is desperately trying to outrun her own pain. The sexual tension between June and Alice is immediate and ever-present. But what they need from each other transcends the physical. What does it mean to be truly "seen?" How do we pick up the pieces? How do we move forward? A play about women. About art. About healing. 

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

ALICE - a photographer

JUNE - an artist 

WEEZY - a goat

BIB - an old goat

 

TIME

Now.

 

THEMES/KEYWORDS
lesbian, LGBTQ, queer theater, PTSD, grief, recovery, alcoholism, same-sex relationships, natural disaster, Alabama tornado, farm life, goats

 

ALABASTER has received generous support in the form of workshops, readings, and developmental funding from National New Play Network, Marin Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Theater Alliance, Florida Rep, and Contemporary American Theatre Festival. #alabamagoatplay

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ALABASTER featured in Best Women's Monologues of 2019. Edited by True Acting Institute. Published by Smith & Kraus.

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