THE CROSSWORD PLAY (or Ezmeranda's Gift)

SEEKING WORLD PREMIERE PARTNERS: The Puzzlemaker is holding a workshop to teach you to make a crossword puzzle! As the Puzzlemaker embarks on their creation, they reveal the tricks of the trade, but also something unexpected: there is power in puzzles. Will the Puzzlemaker use their powers for good--or evil? And which choice means making a puzzle that will solve their life?
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THE CROSSWORD PLAY (or Ezmeranda's Gift)

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  • Sarah Tuft:
    16 Sep. 2021
    One actor. One set. One story you’ll never forget… THE CROSSWORD PLAY (OR EZMERANDA’S GIFT) is a master lesson in economical storytelling. But don’t let its simplicity fool you. This elegant, smart, layered, play is as carefully constructed as the crossword puzzle it features, and as dramatic as the love story it tells. Sure to be an audience favorite - produce this play!
  • Ed Friedman:
    11 Jun. 2021
    This is one of the most inventive, original, end engaging pieces I’ve seen in quite some time, with a wonderful performance from Ms. Martino. I’ve been burnt out with Zoom plays, but this was great. Did not see the end coming, but in retrospect Ms. Hoke deftly drops bread crumbs. I'm hoping this sees many live stagings.

  • Nick Malakhow:
    12 May. 2021
    A really well-structured and tightly-written piece that is a perfect balance humor and pathos. The real-time creation of the crossword puzzle is a satisfying and surprisingly theatrical conceit, and the surprises and potent revelations feel both organic but not "out of left field" once they happen. On the contrary, they make you go back and reevaluate the earlier moments in the play and reveal storytelling that had been unfolding all along.

Character Information

  • PUZZLEMAKER
    25-40

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Red House Theater
    ,
    2021
  • Workshop
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    Theatre Aspen
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    2021