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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  • 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.
  • Jen-Scott Mobley:
    20 Nov. 2017
    As the co-coordinator of the Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Award, I was fortunate to direct a staged reading of NEVER NOT ONCE at the 2017 ATHE conference. Dramaturgically speaking, the play is air-tight and thrilling. The roles were wonderful roles for actors: meaty, nuanced. The play's central question is very provocative and timely. It generated one of the most lively and passionate post show discussion of any play I have worked with in recent memory. The audience WANTED to stay and talk about this play. I think it would generate immense excitement especially in a university setting.
  • Paul Stroili:
    18 Nov. 2017
    I was lucky enough to attend the reading at The Purple Rose Theatre, and mark my words - this play is a diamond waiting to be mined. Poignant, provocative, funny and timely - honest, fully-drawn characterizations plus dream roles for actors. Read it and you'll see for yourself. I've followed Carey Crim's work for awhile (Morning After Grace, Wake) and I truly think this is among her best in a body of already outstanding work.

Development History

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

Awards

Winner
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Jane Chambers Award
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Women and Theatre Program and ATHE
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2017