(w)holeness

A support group for sex and love addicts meets weekly to “heal in community.” But is communal healing possible when each person carries different wounds and different privileges? Any illusion of safe space shatters when Matt, a ciswhite guy here on a court order shows up. Ruth Santos knew it was bullshit – in this capitalist patriarchy, you can only trust yourself. Faith, a chemist with a Craigslist addiction,...
A support group for sex and love addicts meets weekly to “heal in community.” But is communal healing possible when each person carries different wounds and different privileges? Any illusion of safe space shatters when Matt, a ciswhite guy here on a court order shows up. Ruth Santos knew it was bullshit – in this capitalist patriarchy, you can only trust yourself. Faith, a chemist with a Craigslist addiction, hopes to make strictly platonic friends— maybe even be in a band! The calm-seeming Jace puts up with Matt’s misgendering — to a point. Veena, the intern therapist, is doing her best, but her supervisor abandoned her and her son is googling rape porn. Every Monday at group, they breathe in, breathe out, and try to love in a world that’s taught them hate – especially the kind turned inward.
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(w)holeness

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  • Massi Monfiletto:
    5 Nov. 2019
    What a sensational piece! Deeply sensitive, wonderfully specific, a very skilled cross-section of healing, community, and care. A win for theybies everywhere.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    17 Aug. 2019
    In well-paced and keenly observed scenes, (w)holeness adds much to conversations about collective and community-oriented healing, trauma, and provides insights about what contributes to a healthy and productive support systems. I was entirely engaged as I read the quiet, nuanced journeys of all of these characters, and was floored by some truly surprising revelations in the latter portions of the text. I hope to see this developed and produced!
  • Unicorn Theatre:
    28 Mar. 2019
    This play was a FINALIST for the 2019-2020 In-Progress New Play Reading Series at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. It is our pleasure to support (W)HOLENESS.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    UC San Diego
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
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    San Diego REP
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • University
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    UC San Diego
    ,
    2017

Awards

Finalist
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Carnaval Latinx New Play Festival
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HowlRound Theatre Commons / Latinx Theatre Commons
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2018