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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  • MonologueBank.org:
    31 Mar. 2020
    MonologueBank is happy to recommend the writing of Gina Femia. In this play we found (at least) a couple of standout monologues from the character of BETH, who has been forced to deal with some very particular issues - both sexual and otherwise. In one she charmingly describes being set on fire by a student, and in the other she shares a difficult secret. Beth is a complicated and wonderfully realized character who perhaps has a habit of oversharing, but is all the more lovable for it. The writing is honest; the characters are relatable, and the jokes are sharp.
  • Molly Wagner:
    19 Mar. 2020
    Oh man. I knew I was going to be in trouble with a description like "He's Kinda plain and there's nothing particularly striking (or Romantic!) about him." But oh man. I adored this play. Beth's monologue at the end (all of them really) really got me. I am so jealous of the actors that get to bring these characters to life.
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    7 Aug. 2019
    Beautiful work yet again by the incomparable Gina Femia revealing the intimate truths of life one lonely heart at a time. Here is a play about connection that accrues slowly in small details until I realized I was completely invested. BRAVA!

Character Information

  • Kevin
    late 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Plain.
  • Beth
    early 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Pristine.
  • Janice
    early 20s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • Tom
    early 60s,
    Any
    ,
    Male

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Panndora Productions
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Panndora Productions
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Ensemble Studio Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Lather, Rinse, Repeat
    ,
    2017

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Blue Ink Playwriting Award
,
American Blue Ink
,
2019
Semi-Finalist
,
New Play Festival
,
Premiere Stages at Kean University
,
2019
Semi-Finalist
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
2019
Finalist
,
Readings in Progress
,
Unicorn Theatre
,
2019
Honorable Mention
,
The Kilroys List
,
2019
Finalist
,
DVRF Playwrights Program
,
Dennic and Victoria Ross Foundation
,
2018
Finalist
,
Phoenix Theatre Festival
,
2018