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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  • Cheryl Bear:
    27 Jan. 2021
    A moving, gripping search for a father leads to a shocking discovery. For healing to ever occur it must be confronted. Excellent work.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    21 Feb. 2020
    What a compelling, fast, and affecting read. The initial setup provides us with characters that have potent desires and obstacles, and the plot unfolds with a hefty dose of subtle but powerful surprises. At the end of an emotionally wrenching final scene, the play ends on an ambiguous, unresolved note that is not unsatisfying--on the contrary it serves to underscore and solidify the strength and hope of the three central women. I would love to see this producible and important play have a long life! How awesome that it is having a run of productions recently.
  • Jordan Ramirez Puckett:
    28 Jan. 2020
    The story of NEVER NOT ONCE unfolds beautifully, with reveals that are surprising and at the same time feel inevitable. This play feels incredibly relevant, nuanced, and thought provoking. I hope theatres will take a look at this play for their upcoming seasons.

Development History

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

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Park Theatre London
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Rubicon Theatre Ventura, CA
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Purple Rose Theatre Company
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Theatre Aquarius
    ,
    2019

Awards

Finalist
,
The O'Neill NPC finalist
,
The O'Neill NPC
,
2018
Finalist
,
In-Progress New Play Reading Series
,
Unicorn Theatre
,
2018
Winner
,
Jane Chambers Award
,
Women and Theatre Program and ATHE
,
2017