A Godawful Small Affair

[inaugural Proto-Plays developmental Zoom reading, Party Claw Productions, October 2020]

A lesbian couple are put in an unexpected U-haul situation and a touch-starved, non-binary stoner is visited by the alien angel ghost of David Bowie. A pandemic rages outside. A wall separates them, but they’re all about to be connected, sort of. Can a relationship become routine if there’s nothing else? Can...
[inaugural Proto-Plays developmental Zoom reading, Party Claw Productions, October 2020]

A lesbian couple are put in an unexpected U-haul situation and a touch-starved, non-binary stoner is visited by the alien angel ghost of David Bowie. A pandemic rages outside. A wall separates them, but they’re all about to be connected, sort of. Can a relationship become routine if there’s nothing else? Can life? And can a change in routine become a blessing? A messy, kind of sad, kind of hopeful, and deeply intimate play exploring touch, longing, time, and routine in the age of Corona, and what this pandemic has done to us. And also David Bowie.
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A Godawful Small Affair

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  • Jackson Tucker-Meyer:
    2 Apr. 2021
    Hayley St. James has written perhaps the only pandemic-related play I would actually look forward to seeing onstage. The ethereal presence of Ziggy Stardust is definitely a factor, but also the willingness to honor the awkwardness, tedium, and yearning of COVID cohabitation and socially-distanced solitude – St. James knows it’s all worthwhile. What a beautiful voice – and what a beautiful thing, to have the Starman guide these three lovable, loving characters through a year of darkness and disgrace to find some joy.
  • David Hansen:
    8 Mar. 2021
    St. James’ story is one of loss and longing, and the walls both real and imagined that separate us from our loved ones. What of the new lovers who have been trapped together? And those who have been quarantined alone? This is a non-binary love triangle that celebrates the joy of coupling, but also the ennui of sameness. Google the phrase “time passes so strangely these days.” It is a refrain in this script, but also the subconscious mantra for our time. St. James work is eloquent, it's ecstatic, it truly is the freakiest show.
  • David Rigano:
    1 Mar. 2021
    From the first pages of this play, the need, the isolation, the loneliness, is palpable. Through humor and very touching humanity, St. James uses their singular perspective to look at universal feelings through these incredibly specific (and, might I add, delightful) characters. Their use of magical realism creates something tangible out of the uncertainty we all felt at the beginning of the pandemic, and each character's particular coping methods paint a portrait of what NYC was like inside while the news was showing us outside.

Character Information

  • Jodie
    20s,
    Cis Woman
    Twenty-something lesbian. Mousy hair. Introvert, empathetic and surprisingly experimental. Soft butch/futch. Poet.
  • Nessa
    20s,
    BIPOC
    ,
    Cis Woman
    Twenty-something lesbian. Long black hair. Extrovert, frisky but cautious. Femme. Photographer.
  • Luca
    20s,
    Non-binary
    Twenty-something, non-binary, bisexual. Short, faded-green-dyed hair. Ambivert, addictive personality, probably somewhere on the autism spectrum, hyperfixates easily. Stoner.
  • Bowie
    ageless,
    male (yet transcends gender)
    An unnervingly handsome, alien-angel man. Presents as a hallucinatory manifestation of David Bowie. In between lives. Androgynous, pale, cosmic, statuesque, dripping queer alien energy.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Party Claw Productions
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    2020