Down in the Holler

Deep in a holler of the Shenandoah Valley, Juniper prepares to spend a perfect life in a perfect cabin with her perfect partner, Blake. Until Maeve appears. Telling tall tales and crooning high lonesomes, Maeve beguiles Juniper return to Gin - a past self who once lived and loved in this here house. As Juniper attempts to exorcise her pursuit of passion and maintain the stable life she's created with Blake...
Deep in a holler of the Shenandoah Valley, Juniper prepares to spend a perfect life in a perfect cabin with her perfect partner, Blake. Until Maeve appears. Telling tall tales and crooning high lonesomes, Maeve beguiles Juniper return to Gin - a past self who once lived and loved in this here house. As Juniper attempts to exorcise her pursuit of passion and maintain the stable life she's created with Blake, Down in the Holler witnesses a collision of class and queerness, ultimately asking how we reconcile who we were and who we thought we would become.
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Down in the Holler

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  • Cara Haycak:
    10 Oct. 2019
    This love triangle play crackles with interpersonal dynamics and mysteries of the heart. The writer's cleverly crafted story of past loves/personas dovetailing with the here and now blew me away. And it's sexy!! I would love to see it produced.
  • R. Eric Thomas:
    15 Nov. 2018
    A viscerally physical ghost story. It's incredibly sexy, incredibly funny, and incredibly human. Val has created an exceptional conduit for looking at one relationship and the universal feelings of love, growth, and loss. If you are producing exciting new plays and have dynamite female-identified performers who want some of the best material out there, this is the play for you.
  • Haygen-Brice Walker:
    25 Jul. 2018
    It's sexy and haunting and funny and devastating. A backwoods, lesbian-ghost play about class, memory, love, and how hard it is to outrun our past. A beautiful play that sparks all the senses and burns them long after the final blackout.

Character Information

  • Maeve
    an indiscernible age anywhere from 20 to 30
    a romantic; volatile and beguiling; a local
  • Juniper
    early thirties
    an artist who has worked hard to reinvent herself
  • Gin
    early twenties
    Juniper's memory of who she used to be; scrappy, caring; doesn't always pronounce the g's on the ends of ing words
  • Blake
    late thirties
    environmental lawyer; the dyke you need but rarely find; a very capable Taurus

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Juniper Productions
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Play Penn
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Writers on the Rocks
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Writers on the Rocks
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    The Foundry (a Philadelphia Playwrights Lab)
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Trustus Theatre
    ,
    2021

Awards

Winner
,
Trustus Playwrights Festival
,
Trustus Theatre
,
2020
Runner Up
,
Jane Chambers Award for Excellence in Feminist Playwriting
,
ATHE
,
2020
Semi-Finalist
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
Playwrights Foundation
,
2018