Green Whales

Karen is a 38-year-old philosophy professor who suffers from a rare chromosomal disease that makes her look like a 13-year-old girl. As a result, she has trouble meeting men … until her alcoholic sister Joanna decides to set her up on a date with the local pedophile. The real problem is, she actually likes him. In this bizarrely comic love story, two sisters try to figure out what love means, and exactly how...
Karen is a 38-year-old philosophy professor who suffers from a rare chromosomal disease that makes her look like a 13-year-old girl. As a result, she has trouble meeting men … until her alcoholic sister Joanna decides to set her up on a date with the local pedophile. The real problem is, she actually likes him. In this bizarrely comic love story, two sisters try to figure out what love means, and exactly how much they’re willing to settle for.
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Green Whales

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  • Rand Higbee:
    13 May. 2019
    Lia Romeo is a very gifted writer and you couldn't go wrong choosing any of her plays to read. I chose "Green Whales" to recommend because it's the one of hers I am most familiar with and because it perfectly illustrates her style. She has a great, disturbing ability to have you laughing one minute and then sitting back and wondering why you were laughing at such a thing the next. Give this play a read and you will see precisely what I mean.
  • Grant MacDermott:
    21 Jun. 2017
    This is a wonderfully disturbing play that is full of humor and that deep longing for connection that Ms. Romeo does so effortlessly. It asks what we are willing to accept as normal or tell ourselves is normal for the grand prize of not feeling lonely in this never ending race of life. With dialogue that leaps off the page Romeo brings you into the hearts of these relatable people in seemingly unrelatable circumstances with her signature wit and unapologetic sincerity.
  • National New Play Network:
    5 May. 2017
    This play was developed at The National New Play Network MFA Playwrights Workshop. This program, conducted annually in conjunction with The Kennedy Center and the National Center for New Plays, provides a graduate–level student playwright with an NNPN-affiliated director and dramaturg, a professional cast for a week of script development, and an introduction to the Network, its Membership, and programs.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    San Francisco Playhouse
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Abingdon Theatre
    ,
    2012
  • Reading
    ,
    New Jersey Repertory Theatre
    ,
    2009
  • Reading
    ,
    The Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop
    ,
    2008
  • Reading
    ,
    Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey
    ,
    2008

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Forward Flux
    ,
    2015
  • Professional
    ,
    Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Professional
    ,
    Renegade Theatre Experiment
    ,
    2012
  • Professional
    ,
    Unicorn Theatre
    ,
    2010