Denial

Six people gather for a meeting of the minds. The lights go out. The smell of rot permeates the air. The ghosts come out to taunt us. "Denial" is a horror play about humanity's worst impulses.
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  • Nick Malakhow:
    5 Jul. 2021
    A deeply unsettling and surprising piece. While ominous from the start, Marlin manages to lull the reader/audience into focusing on the humanity of these characters before examining the disparate and often troubling journeys of these folks to this meeting (to say more would betray some of the surprises at hand). The irregular and human and natural dialogue is offset perfectly by some huge theatrical grand gestures that will leave images in my mind in days to come! Effective human exploration of prejudice, racism, and much more crossed with mindbending horror, especially towards the end.
  • Playwrights Foundation:
    9 Jun. 2021
    The community of national & local readers for the 44th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival enthusiastically recommends DENIAL as a Semi-Finalist this season at Playwrights Foundation out of 755 plays. We were deeply moved by the artistic merits of the writer's integration of the horror genre into an intellectual discussion. We're compelled by the play's promise, as it asks extremely challenging questions about human capacity for empathy. We hope this play is widely read, finds dedicated collaborators, and moves swiftly towards production. #BAPF2021
  • Cheryl Bear:
    7 May. 2021
    A horror play to be sure about the worst impulses of humanity and the past that needs to be brought to the forefront and addressed. Well done.

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