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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  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    30 Aug. 2019
    Wonderfully written, kept me on my toes right up to the end. The shifting dynamics, the way the story plays out - WOW! Anchored in a solid lesbian relationship having its own ups and downs, add to that a daughter searching for her biological father - this play does not go where you think it will go - instead it heads right into the heart of this very moment making it such a relevant and intense play to read - I wish I could see it staged! Should be produced everywhere! A MUST-SEE!!!!!
  • 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.

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
    ,
    Rubicon Theatre Ventura, CA
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Park Theatre London
    ,
    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