AS YE SEW... (full length)

A story about secrets that can both immobilize and set us free. Agnes is haunted by something she did as a child. She has managed to bury this secret, even from herself. Her lover, Maddie, needs to finish her novel, but is hampered by a fear of her own. When Agnes' reality-challenged, gender-fluid sibling Bell appears, the stakes mount and Agnes' panic is triggered. Bell is suspended between life and...
A story about secrets that can both immobilize and set us free. Agnes is haunted by something she did as a child. She has managed to bury this secret, even from herself. Her lover, Maddie, needs to finish her novel, but is hampered by a fear of her own. When Agnes' reality-challenged, gender-fluid sibling Bell appears, the stakes mount and Agnes' panic is triggered. Bell is suspended between life and death and needs to know Agnes' secret to move forward. Maddie and Agnes travel together into the depths of a cave to find closure to Maddie's fear and to unearth Agnes' secret shame.
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AS YE SEW... (full length)

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    5 May. 2019
    Riveting and Robin's use of language makes this all the more gripping. We're on the edge of our seat for this powerful play about love and familial ties. Exceptionally well done!
  • 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!

Character Information

  • Agnes
    27.,
    Any race / ethnicity as long as it makes sense in family.
    ,
    Female
    27. Gay. Vermont native. Waitress. Violence seething beneath unresolved guilt. Covers over what's ugly and what she doesn't want to remember. Very on edge. (she/her/hers)
  • Maddie
    30-35.,
    Any race / ethnicity.
    ,
    Female
    30-35. Gay. Agnes' lover. West Virginian. Writer. Spelunker. (she/her/hers)
  • Bell.
    21.,
    Any race / ethnicity as long as it makes sense in family.
    ,
    Gender-fluid
    21. Gender fluid. Agnes' sibling. Vermont native. Shape shifter. Truth-teller. Stuck between life and death. Spacey. Playful. Manipulative. (they/them/their)

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
    ,
    Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago (winner Lesbian Theatre Iniative award - as a one-act play)
    ,
    2005
  • Workshop
    ,
    This Woman's Work Theatre Company, NYC (at Chashama)
    ,
    2005
  • Reading
    ,
    New Georges, NYC (first reading of the play as a full-length)
    ,
    2004
  • Workshop
    ,
    Mae West Fest, Seattle (as a one-act play)
    ,
    2003