Lily Ineffable

In the last two weeks of her run in the kids' ensemble of "Matilda," Lily makes the amulet of the Jewish mythological figure Lilith for a social studies project. She feels a kinship with Lilith that she can't explain to her friends, her sister, or her sister's girlfriend--a kinship she doesn't understand herself until she learns that Adam, the adult cast member she used to have a...
In the last two weeks of her run in the kids' ensemble of "Matilda," Lily makes the amulet of the Jewish mythological figure Lilith for a social studies project. She feels a kinship with Lilith that she can't explain to her friends, her sister, or her sister's girlfriend--a kinship she doesn't understand herself until she learns that Adam, the adult cast member she used to have a crush on, is coming back to "Matilda" as an emergency sub.
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Lily Ineffable

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    27 Jun. 2020
    A moving, surprising, and potent exploration of adolescence, trauma, friendship, and faith. Lily's journey is compelling throughout, and I found her grappling with the guilt, shame, fear, and anger of what happened to her incredibly poignant and directly but sensitively handled. I appreciated Lang's exploration Lily and Shea's specific challenges and experiences as young professional actors--the way the business commodifies you and complicates your relationship to adolescence, growing up, and finding and cultivating relationships and allies. Jordan and Chelsea's conversation with Lily at the end of the play is telling and heartbreaking, but gestures towards healing. Moving and powerful!
  • Shaun Leisher:
    18 Jun. 2020
    This play went places that I never expected and I am so glad Lang went there. This is an issue in theatre that needs to be addressed and the way Lang approaches it from a place of powerful magic and almost exclusively through the eyes of children is so impactful. I hope this play gets around in the Broadway community.

Character Information

  • Lily Louise Sutton
    14 but probably looks a little younger,
    Any race / ethnicity, Jewish
    ,
    Female-identifying
    14 but probably looks a little younger, female-identifying, any ethnicity. A child actor currently in the ensemble of "Matilda" on Broadway, but finishing her run in two weeks with no "next show" or upcoming plans for her career other than finishing eighth grade and going on to high school. Logical, with a lot of common sense about show business--she knows how things work. Jewish but that does NOT have to mean "white."
  • Chelsea Sutton
    32,
    Any race / ethnicity, Jewish
    ,
    Female-identifying
    32, female-identifying, any ethnicity (but at least partially the same one as Lily). Lily's big sister and guardian. An assistant district attorney in New York City. Constantly busy but incredibly loving; supportive of Lily's theatre work but also practical--she considers "Matilda" a job, NOT a career. Casey Novak if she had a little sister to take care of and was an out lesbian. Jewish but that does NOT have to mean "white."
  • Jordan Kingsley
    32,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female-identifying
    32, female-identifying, any ethnicity. Chelsea's girlfriend as well as Miss Honey in "Matilda" on Broadway; she and Chelsea met because of Lily, who she has a very strong bond with, and then started dating. Can be a goofball to Chelsea's serious lawyerly attitude, but is definitely someone who can have a deep conversation too. As close as possible to the quintessential real-life Miss Honey--AVOID making that automatically mean a white femme woman, though she can be one as long as her relationship with Chelsea is still believable.
  • Shea Chua-Cohen
    16 but probably looks a little younger,
    Asian-American, Jewish
    ,
    Female-identifying
    16 but probably looks a little younger, female-identifying, Asian-American. Lily's best friend, they met while performing in "Matilda" together. Also a child actor, currently playing Jean in "August: Osage County" on Broadway. Grateful for her time in "Matilda" but also grateful to have moved on to what she considers a more mature job, which she relishes. Between her and Lily, Shea is the more experienced Broadway vet. Jewish but CLEARLY that does not mean "white."
  • Jess Chapman
    14,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female-identifying
    14, female-identifying, any ethnicity. Lily's "school best friend." She's not a bad person but she probably has better friends and Lily probably does too. Lily helps her with math and she gives Lily the homework assignments when she's out for rehearsals or performances. They live in the same apartment building and usually travel to school together. They'll probably go to different high schools next year and that's probably okay.

Awards

Finalist
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Downtown Urban Arts Festival
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2021