In Search of The Mothman

In Search of The Mothman follows two young sisters trapped in a life transition after an unexpected tragedy strikes their hometown. Emily is just trying to make it through her senior year and get into music school, while Jordan moves across the country to Point Pleasant, West Virginia under the joke of "searching for The Mothman". Through honesty and humor, the sisters try to work through their trauma...
In Search of The Mothman follows two young sisters trapped in a life transition after an unexpected tragedy strikes their hometown. Emily is just trying to make it through her senior year and get into music school, while Jordan moves across the country to Point Pleasant, West Virginia under the joke of "searching for The Mothman". Through honesty and humor, the sisters try to work through their trauma and grapple with what lives they want to lead in the aftermath. A play about coming together and pulling away in tragedy, the confines of community expectations and whether we can truly know the people we love.
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In Search of The Mothman

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    26 Jul. 2021
    This is a lovely, poignant, and humanly funny two-hander with two excellently rendered characters at its center. While the mystery about what drove Jordan to leave her hometown kept me engaged throughout, the heart of this piece was watching Jordan and Emily's relationship expand and contract in these neat, subtle ways as they battled grief, mental health struggles, and self-doubt. To use an urban legend like the Mothman as an extended metaphor for the aching, searching, evolving entity that is grief was a wonderful choice! Bonus points for the normalcy of queerness and open relationships.
  • John Bavoso:
    30 May. 2021
    This is such a gorgeous play about grief, growing up, and moving on (or not). At its center is a complicated relationship between sisters as they both attempt to figure out their plans for the future while grappling with the past. The dialogue flows so naturally and is suffused with just enough humor and edge to feel like a real, lived-in sibling relationship—despite being surrounded by supernatural elements. I think this play would be a joy for actors and designers alike to tackle. Highly recommended!

Character Information

  • Jordan
    early 20s (23),
    Any
    ,
    Female (cis or trans) or nonbinary person comfortable playing female
    Preferably able to play the oboe.
  • Emily
    Late Teens (17),
    Any
    ,
    Female (cis or trans) or nonbinary person comfortable playing female
    Preferably able to play the bassoon.

Development History

  • Reading
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    American Stage
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    2021