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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  • Premiere Stages at Kean University:
    5 Mar. 2019
    Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University, is pleased to recognize “This Happened Once at the Romance Depot Off the I-87 in Westchester” by Gina Femia as a semifinalist for the 2019 Premiere Play Festival. “This Happened Once” rose through a competitive selection process conducted by Premiere staff and a panel of outside theatre professionals to become one of 23 semifinalists out of 659 submissions. The panel was particularly impressed by Gina’s fully realized, astonishingly complex characters and the warm, human moments of tenderness between them. Our congratulations and thanks to Gina.
  • Reina Hardy:
    3 Mar. 2019
    Ah, this is so good! It's a genuinely moving and romantic moment of connection that's complicated and unexpected and funny/sexy but not in the way you'd think. I'd be a big cheeseball and program it for Valentine's Day even though it isn't cheesy at all.
  • 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.

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
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
2019
Finalist
,
DVRF Playwrights Program
,
Dennic and Victoria Ross Foundation
,
2018
Finalist
,
Phoenix Theatre Festival
,
2018