A mother and father navigate a series of support group meetings for grieving parents over the course of many nights. Told in a fragmented storytelling style, this play follows them - both individually and together - as they struggle to remember what they've lost. But as they come closer to comprehending the tragic event that took their child, they find it more and more difficult to connect with each other. This intimate two-person drama explores what it means to be a parent after the unimaginable happens.
Cast: 1m, 1f
Running Time: Approx. 90 min
This play is a personal response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and other acts of violence against children. As a new father, I am affected by these events in unexpected ways. I am especially interested in the idea of potential, and the grammatical construction "would have been" (the subjunctive mood.) I recognize the hope and hopelessness buried in these words, and I believe the stories we tell of "how it was" as well as "how we remember" become vital touchstones in answering the question of "how do we keep on going."
Development and Production History
Produced in New York City at the The Cafeteria at P.S. 142 by Visconti Productions
Developed with the Ingram New Works Lab at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre
Reading at The Dramatists Guild (NYC)
Selected for the 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference