EMBRACING THE UNDERTOAD

A story about the mystical bonds between family members that can both immobilize and set us free. Agnes is haunted by something she did as a child. Her lover, Maddie, needs to finish her novel, but is hampered by Agnes' fear. When Agnes' young, reality-challenged sister appears, the stakes mount. The sister is suspended between life and death and needs Agnes' love to rest. Maddie and Agnes travel...
A story about the mystical bonds between family members that can both immobilize and set us free. Agnes is haunted by something she did as a child. Her lover, Maddie, needs to finish her novel, but is hampered by Agnes' fear. When Agnes' young, reality-challenged sister appears, the stakes mount. The sister is suspended between life and death and needs Agnes' love to rest. Maddie and Agnes travel together into the depths of a cave to unearth Agnes' secret shame.
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EMBRACING THE UNDERTOAD

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  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    10 Oct. 2018
    An exciting play about how a sister comes between two women in a lesbian relationship, how family secrets hold us back from living and from loving. I love how Rice uses her flair for theatricality to great effects here, and I love the journey she takes us on. The storm is evocative of the emotional lives of her characters, and the supernatural aspects of this tale make it a great play for the Halloween slot in your season! Highly recommended!

Development History

  • Reading
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    Venus Theatre, Laurel, MD (first reading of UNDERTOAD as a full-length play + one of 3 finalists for the Jane Chambers Award)
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    2009
  • Workshop
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    Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago (winner Lesbian Theatre Iniative award - as a one-act play)
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    2005
  • Workshop
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    This Woman's Work Theatre Company, NYC (at Chashama)
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    2005
  • Reading
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    New Georges, NYC (first reading of the play as a full-length)
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    2004
  • Workshop
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    Mae West Fest, Seattle (as a one-act play)
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    2003