Dreams of the Penny Gods
Bug's just your average 13-year-old girl whose family is hiding out in a storage facility. So naturally, she's transformed herself into a high priestess who's trying to raise the dead. On this particular summer day, her incantations seem to work, setting off an acceleration of events ending in a rough Armageddon that launches her into the world.
2 hours with intermission.
Nominee, The Kilroys' List, 2014 and 2015
Lark Playwrights' Week, 2013
Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award, 2012
Finalist, Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, 2011 (under the title "Grendel")
August 2011. A makeshift living area in a storage facility near Biddeford, Maine.
- BUG, WHITE, 13 GOING ON 8. Isolated. Obedient, eager, and straightforward. A little slow.
- KITTY, WHITE, 45-50-ISH, STORAGE FACILITY MANAGER. Never smiles. The drug addiction of her youth has been replaced by a ferocious devotion to Jehovah. Looks like she eats cigarettes.
- GLORIA, BLACK, 30S-40S, YOUNGER, PRETTIER, AND KINDER THAN KITTY. Though she is Kitty's first and most faithful convert, she has outgrown the friendship. Often tries to protect Bug. Often fails.
- BOBBY, WHITE, 30. Prison was probably the best thing that ever happened to Bobby. Seems hapless and free of subtext, but this is simply a persona he's cultivated to survive his home life and prison life. The reality is much darker.
- TRUCK, NOT WHITE, LATE 20s-30s or 40s-50s. ENTREPRENEUR AND BOBBY'S FRIEND. Handsome in a way. Smooth. Nothing but subtext. Has either avoided or been to prison but is now sober and into health food. Takes great pride in his accomplishments. Understands first-hand that doing the right thing often comes at a cost.
Production & Development History
- Production, Halcyon Theatre, 2016
Additional readings and workshops at Lost Girls Theatre, Snowlion Playlab, Lunar Energy Productions (under the title "This Is Not Beowulf"). MFA Thesis Showcase, Hunter College.