Allond(R)a

ALLOND(R)A tells the story of Allonda and her friends as they wrestle their way through the summer - sometimes it's on the playgrounds in the projects of Coney Island, sometimes it's with their feelings and often it's at home. A coming of age story about friendship and heartache, ALLOND(R)A asks how much is too much to fight for?
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Allond(R)a

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  • Jack Read:
    23 Mar. 2020
    I love when plays are about characters who are so big the world they live in can't contain them, and Gina's play is such a play. With every new scene Allond(R)a expands its margins to accommodate Allondra and her friends, whose dreams and personalities grow as large as kaiju. The same thing happens with Gina's text, a buffet of language and formatting choices that demand a passionate, red-blooded staging. This is a play as rich to read as it is to imagine, and if this world is just, we won't have to settle long for just Imagining it.
  • Katherine Gwynn:
    27 Feb. 2020
    oh god--a gutpunch of a play. a beautifully messy story about being a teenager and moving past fear and fighting for your life.
  • River Timms:
    31 Jan. 2020
    God, I love plays with wrestling in them. However, instead of taking on the WWE system a la ‘The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,’ Femia has chosen to use wrestling to mirror the tumultuous act of figuring out who you are as a young person. The characters are boisterous and so easy to love. The action clips along speedily, but it never feels rushed. And the final three pages threw me for a loop! Excellent work.

Character Information

  • Allonda
    17,
    Latinx
    ,
    Female
  • Justice
    late 30s,
    Black
    ,
    Female
  • Tay
    17,
    Non-white
    ,
    Female
  • Mike
    late 40s,
    White
    ,
    Male
  • King
    18,
    Non-white
    ,
    Male
  • Spider
    17,
    Latinx
    ,
    Male
  • Pretzel
    16,
    Any
    ,
    Male

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Leah Ryan Fund
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    MCC Theater
    ,
    2019
  • Residency
    ,
    Powerhouse
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Ensemble Studio Theatre
    ,
    2017

Awards

Runner Up
,
Yale Drama Prize
,
David Horn Foundation
,
2019
Finalist
,
Otis Guernsey New Voices in the American Theater Award
,
Inge Festival
,
2019
The Kilroys List
,
2019
Finalist
,
Blue Ink Playwriting Award
,
American Blues Theatre
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
2018
Winner
,
Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Female Playwrights
,
2018
Runner Up
,
Jane Chambers Award in Playwriting
,
2018
Finalist
,
Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award
,
TSOS
,
2017