Never Not Once

Never Not Once was the winner of the Jane Chambers 2017 Award for feminist playwriting. It was said of the play: With a multi-racial cast of well-defined characters, complex development, and a nuanced lens on sexuality, non-traditional family and taking responsibility, this play is theatrically satisfying and socially urgent.
SYNOPSIS: Eleanor, a biology major at Princeton, brings her boyfriend Rob...
Never Not Once was the winner of the Jane Chambers 2017 Award for feminist playwriting. It was said of the play: With a multi-racial cast of well-defined characters, complex development, and a nuanced lens on sexuality, non-traditional family and taking responsibility, this play is theatrically satisfying and socially urgent.
SYNOPSIS: Eleanor, a biology major at Princeton, brings her boyfriend Rob home to meet her two (not perfect but still pretty excellent moms). While there, she lets them know that she has hired a private investigator to help her find her biological father. She says, as a scientist, she is curious about her genetics. But it's evident she might also just want to meet her dad. Nadine, her non-biological mom thinks it's a great idea, partly because she had a deep and wonderful relationship with her own father. Allison, Eleanor's biological mom is less enthusiastic, insisting that Eleanor's father, a one night stand in college whose name Allison doesn't remember, never even knew she existed. Nadine secretly gives Allison the name Doug. This information sends Eleanor on a journey to an unexpected and explosive answer to the question "Where do I come from?" The fallout and complications from this revelation force the whole family- and Doug- to confront the past in order to have any hope of moving on to a better future.
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Never Not Once

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  • Unicorn Theatre:
    28 Mar. 2019
    This play was a FINALIST for the 2017-2018 In-Progress New Play Reading Series at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. It is our pleasure to support NEVER NOT ONCE.
  • Michael Kras:
    6 Feb. 2019
    I adore this play. Carey’s work here once again proves her gifts for emotional largeness within economic dialogue and storytelling. Never Not Once doesn’t shy away from its complicated and risky subject matter (that will absolutely generate fiery discussion) but still impressively succeeds at remaining approachable the whole way through. Ugh, I could go on far longer than the word limit here will allow. To be brief: do it. I can’t wait to see this on stage.
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:
    25 Sep. 2018
    It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Carey Crim and their play Never Not Once as a finalist for our 2018 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one of 53 finalists out of more than 1,4200 submissions, the strength of its writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Route 66 Theatre Company (Chicago)
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    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Purple Rose Theatre Company
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
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    Women in Theatre, ATHE (Jane Chambers Award Reading)
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    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Florida Studio Theater
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Professional
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    Purple Rose Theatre Company
    ,
    2019

Awards

Finalist
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The O'Neill NPC finalist
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The O'Neill NPC
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2018
Winner
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Jane Chambers Award
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Women and Theatre Program and ATHE
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2017