Holy Virgins

western kentucky, 2012. sam, marina and jesse are about to be confirmed catholics, licensed drivers, and suspended from immaculate conception high school for a satanic prank or the vatican decree against communism, depending on who you ask. a sour-sweet dark comedy about queer girlhood, forgiving your mom, and what to believe.
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  • Liam Castellan:
    6 Oct. 2021
    Incredibly smart, incredibly funny, and so insightful into a very specific moment of high school. So few playwrights know how to write teenage characters. Kathryn 100% does.
  • Chelsea Frandsen:
    25 May. 2021
    Oh my goodness I want to be all of these women when I grow up! Kathryn de la Rosa has created beautiful authentic characters in Sam, Marina and Jesse who navigate discovering their racial, sexual and religious identities in a piece of theatre that actresses will love. It's hysterically funny and poignant and passionate and should be produced as soon as possible.
  • Sean Dance Fannin:
    12 May. 2021
    A passionate play wrought with emotion, Holy Virgins flourishes and blooms through the poetry of natural speech. This play is, quite literally, structured with emotion. The three characters pull at each other’s fundamental identity through intricate and subtle language. In the final moments Kathryn de la Rosa completely deconstructs the world she’s presented, making this a wholly original coming-of-age, coming-of-heritage, story. She has written a beautifully tender and penetrating piece of theatre with language reminiscent of Richard Linklater, but with a vastly more compelling understanding of cultural intersections echoing contemporaries such as Jess Siân and Liliana Padilla.

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