Alabaster makes the Kilroys List!
Scars, healing, & the power of women. A play for our time.
and SARA MORSEY
in FLORIDA REP'S NNPN Rolling World Premiere production of ALABASTER.
“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
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IN THE WORKS
Dec 2018 • NNPN Showcase • Staged Reading • Sacramento, CA
Apr 22, 2019 • NNPN Annual Benefit • Staged Reading • NYC
Dec 2019 • Staged Reading, Everyman Theatre, Baltimore
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
Oct 2021 • Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
May 2021 • Salt Lake Acting Co., Salt Lake City, UT
TBD • Williamston Theatre, Williamston, MI
TBD • New Jersey Rep, Long Branch, NJ
TBD • Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Eugene, OR
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!
“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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A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist hiding away on a small farm in North Alabama. This intimate portrait 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 WEEZY 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.
Somewhere near Alabaster, Alabama, early April. Portrait of a an old farmhouse, mid-morning. A yard, a porch. A small goat barn. The focal point is a master bedroom. An assemblage of folk art fills the corners and walls of this sun-lit room along with a large old bed, draped in white. Somewhere in this picture is a space for WEEZY and BIB, a pallet of straw, perhaps, or a lean-to. This place, a virtual canvas, gains color and crispness as the story moves along, reflecting at any moment the mood or perspective of what the players experience as well as their point of view through the viewfinder.
ALICE - a photographer
JUNE - an artist
WEEZY - a goat
BIB - an old goat
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