Balancé

Does life move on while you sit on the couch and watch "Dance Moms"? Ivy's mom Leigh, who used to be a vibrant high school drama teacher, lies in her bedroom all day most days, depressed after losing her job. But Ivy's starting to think that when she flicks through the channels mindlessly, it's not as different as she'd like to believe. While her best friends Kaley and Soph...
Does life move on while you sit on the couch and watch "Dance Moms"? Ivy's mom Leigh, who used to be a vibrant high school drama teacher, lies in her bedroom all day most days, depressed after losing her job. But Ivy's starting to think that when she flicks through the channels mindlessly, it's not as different as she'd like to believe. While her best friends Kaley and Soph rehearse two ballet performances, and her older sister Nicole pursues a romance, Ivy struggles to find something, anything, to grab onto--whether it's the hope of returning to dance class, the possibility of getting her driver's license, or the remote chance that maybe her mom will get better in time for next year's Nutcracker.
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Balancé

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  • Noah Keeling:
    12 May. 2021
    There isn’t a single young actress I know who wouldn’t love to be a part of telling this story. Lang expertly captures the pressure and struggles put on young girls both in the microcosm of the world this play focuses on (dance) and the world as a whole. Gorgeous all around.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    20 Dec. 2020
    This is a wonderful ensemble piece whose characters are all nuanced and have exciting, clear arcs. Audrey's exploration of mental health (in a variety of ways) and familial/generational patterns concerning mental health feels fresh and necessary. Here, she centers narratives about/for/to be performed by young women that need telling. She does so in a way that honors the specificity of these intersectionally rich humans' lives while still having universally resonant messages about relationships, family, fear, anxiety, and coming of age. It's all so beautifully rendered with fine and nuanced brushstrokes.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    19 Dec. 2020
    Audrey Lang has such a gift for writing plays about kids who don't get to just be kids. Kids that have to grow up so much faster than they should either through familial dynamics or their own ambition. Lang also capture so well the way girls can be cruel to each other due to the pressures that are forced upon them. These are the plays that need to be performed in high school theatre programs.

Character Information

  • Ivy
    15-16,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female-identifying
    15-16, f, any ethnicity, a high school sophomore, a dancer
  • Kaley
    16-17,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female-identifying
    16-17, f, any ethnicity, a high school junior, one of Ivy's best friends, a dancer
  • Soph
    15-16,
    Any race / ethnicity, Jewish
    ,
    Female-identifying
    15-16, f, any ethnicity, a high school sophomore, Ivy's other best friend, Jewish, a dancer
  • Nicole
    late 20s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female-identifying
    late 20s, f, any ethnicity, Ivy's older sister, a nurse
  • Dallas
    late 20s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female-identifying
    late 20s, f, any ethnicity, Nicole's girlfriend/high school BFF, a doctor in her residency
  • Leigh
    50s or 60s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female-identifying
    50s or 60s, f, any ethnicity, Ivy and Nicole's mother, depressed after being laid off

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Possibilities Theatre Company, dir. Sophronia Vowels
    ,
    2020