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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  • Angelica Howland:
    7 Dec. 2018
    I so love a play that simply presents how completely not simple life can be. That this story is set in a world that most would assume would contain a wicked ride, it is actually a bittersweet tale about loneliness that really moved me. Romance Depot was a 3rd round semi-finalist for the 2019 Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre and we are pleased to recommend this play.
  • Charly Evon Simpson:
    21 Nov. 2018
    A beautiful play that surprised me with just how much it sucked me in. I wasn't expecting to get teary in a coffee shop as I reached the end, but I did. Honest, intimate, funny, and moving...as per usual with Gina's work.
  • 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!

Character Information

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

Development History

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

Awards

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