THIS HAPPENED ONCE AT THE ROMANCE DEPOT OFF THE 1-87 IN WESTCHESTER

Kevin owns a Romance Depot. Beth needs a vibrator. The two of them form an unlikely relationship that straddles the line between friendship and romance. What happens when two lonely people find one another?
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THIS HAPPENED ONCE AT THE ROMANCE DEPOT OFF THE 1-87 IN WESTCHESTER

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  • Sasha Brätt:
    24 Sep. 2018
    Through her dialogue and storytelling, Gina Femia weaves a world of characters that are both familiar and unique, in a location that is welcoming instead of forbidden. THIS HAPPENED gives us a glimpse into a very real, and very specific MOMENT in two strangers lives. People's desires are not what they seem, as they are reaching out for something, anything to feel. This play has the heart of a Disney movie, the characters and location of a Kevin Smith script, and the emotional ferocity of a Fiona Apple Song!
  • Jennie Webb:
    6 Aug. 2018
    The way Gina leads us with a sure, easy hand into off-center (yet we know exactly who they are) characters is such a treat in this bittersweet, almost gentle play. Set in a sex shop where porn, vibrators, piano tunes and Disney films as art form all play together nicely, the world of THIS HAPPENED is at once everyday and taboo, way familiar (in a good way) and totally unexpected.
  • Ryann Weir:
    30 Jul. 2018
    Oh, I love this play. Such a tender, gentle, humane story about the kinds of characters we never get to meet onstage.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Panndora Productions
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
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    Ensemble Studio Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    Lather, Rinse, Repeat
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    2017

Awards

Finalist
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DVRF Playwrights Program
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Dennic and Victoria Ross Foundation
,
2018
Finalist
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Phoenix Theatre Festival
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2018