Alabaster makes the Kilroys List!

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

If you are considering a production of Alabaster for an upcoming season, please drop me a note. I'd love to hear from you. 

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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

IN THE WORKS 

Dec 2018 • NNPN Showcase • Staged Reading • Sacramento, CA
Apr 22, 2019 • NNPN Annual Benefit • Staged Reading • NYC

Rolling World Premiere:

(Tentative - more dates/cities TBD):

  • 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 2020 • Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN

  • May 2020 • Williamston Theatre, Williamston, MI

  • Sep/Oct 2020 • Salt Lake Acting Co., Salt Lake City, UT

  • Oct 2020 • New Jersey Rep, Long Branch, NJ

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FLORIDA REP

12/17/19 - 01/26/20

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CAP STAGE

01/22 - 02/23, 2020

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KITCHEN DOG

02/13 - 03/08, 2020

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

READ MORE REVIEWS ON NEW PLAY EXCHANGE

SYNOPSIS

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. 

 

DETAILS

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. 

SETTING

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. 

 

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

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

Dani Stoller and Vanessa Lock in Audrey Cefaly's Alabaster at Theater Alliance
Dani Stoller and Vanessa Lock in Audrey Cefaly's Alabaster at Theater Alliance

Learn more about Audrey Cefaly...

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