QUASARS

Included in THE BEST WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES and BEST CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR WOMEN 18-35

(Full length) When sculptor Josh's wife becomes seriously ill but won't slow down, Josh takes secretive measures to keep Erin at home. But their nine-year-old daughter witnesses his ploys, bringing unwanted scrutiny from a young Catholic priest. As Erin's illness worsens, Josh must...
Included in THE BEST WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES and BEST CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR WOMEN 18-35

(Full length) When sculptor Josh's wife becomes seriously ill but won't slow down, Josh takes secretive measures to keep Erin at home. But their nine-year-old daughter witnesses his ploys, bringing unwanted scrutiny from a young Catholic priest. As Erin's illness worsens, Josh must learn to let go, and try to grow up, with help from a troubled priest and a strange young woman with piercings.
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  • Ky Weeks:
    19 Sep. 2021
    Beautiful. What stood out the most for me was the vivid descriptions, the way characters speak about various things, from art to objects in space, trying their hardest to find a way to speak about what they're going through when its too hard to say. Josh's journey as he slips further downwards is handled with honesty and sympathy, acknowledging his flaws and also the immense weight he's under.
  • Matthew Weaver:
    10 May. 2021
    QUASARS is a very moving examination of family and faith at the hardest point of its characters' lives. Everything is complicated, messy and unsettled. No one is really at their best, everyone's spirit is being tested in the midst of chaos, stress and illness. No surprise to we fans who have become accustomed to her filling her pages and stages with celebrations of humanity in even the darkest and most unexpected of corners. But here O'Grady explores such a rich setting with patience and light brush strokes, building to an ending that's inevitable, sad, lovely and full of grace.

Character Information

  • Eva (pronounced "Ava")
    Nine years old, Daughter of JOSH and ERIN
    Daughter of JOSH and ERIN
  • Josh
    Mid-30s.
    A sculptor and stay-at-home parent
  • Erin
    Mid-30s.
    A foundation exec. Married to JOSH.
  • Father M
    Mid-20s.
    A Catholic priest
  • Danita
    Early 20s
    Short hair, a few piercings and wears military boots

Awards

Selection
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The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2014
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(Smith and Kraus)
Selection
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Best Contempoary Monologues for Women 18-35 (Applause Acting Editions)