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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  • Michele Travis:
    16 Oct. 2018
    Perfect for young actors -- and teen audiences -- this play is a joy for physical performers. It's refreshingly unsentimental and frequently hilarious. Brooklyn is a character in this play, the sense of place is so acute, but Allonda's story is universal.
  • Jonathan Alexandratos:
    9 Aug. 2018
    I'm so glad to have seen Joust's reading of this script, because not only is it beautiful on the page, it blooms onstage. Gina's words are heartfelt, honest, poetic, and real. She captures the three-dimensionality of coming-of-age in the shadow of abuse. When actors channel those words through their performances, and Gina's stage directions come to life, magic happens. Gina is one of the most emotionally honest writers working today, and this play is an excellent example of her power!
  • Matt Minnicino:
    1 May. 2018
    Allond(R)a is irresistible - it aches and swells with the wonderful bawdy humor, outsize joy, and sunlit heartbreak of small lives and loves in the big city. Gina is one of the great empathy experts of the theatre, loving her characters in a way that makes them full-hearted and nuanced in their every sunny, sad, soulful, or searing interaction. Allond(R)a does for Brooklyn what Wim Wenders does for Berlin or what Trainspotting does for down-and-out Edinburgh -- glorifies its sweaty, silly, wayward, wonderful heart.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Joust Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Residency
    ,
    Powerhouse
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    Ensemble Studio Theatre
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Lather, Rinse, Repeat: A Playwrights' Collective
    ,
    2016

Awards

Finalist
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Blue Ink Playwriting Award
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American Blues Theatre
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
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Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
2018
Winner
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Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Female Playwrights
,
2018
Runner Up
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Jane Chambers Award in Playwriting
,
2018
Finalist
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Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award
,
TSOS
,
2017