The Forest

Juliet is losing her marriage. Her mother Pam is losing her memory. And there's a mysterious forest growing in and around their living room. Is it any wonder Juliet starts sleeping with one of her high school students? A play about weird love and what to do when there aren't any right answers.
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The Forest

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  • Tyler Dwiggins:
    15 Nov. 2018
    The Forest is a deeply empathetic dramedy about loss. Despite dealing with heavy topics like dementia and divorce, the writing never loses its natural buoyancy or humor. Lia Romeo has an immense gift for crafting complicated characters and for consistently shifting the power dynamics of their relationships. Crackling with humanity, The Forest is a beautiful play about a mother and daughter struggling to stay rooted to the ground.
  • Sarah Tuft:
    12 May. 2018
    Like its namesake, THE FOREST grows quietly and imperceptibly into a powerful immovable force that examines the interdependence of life and the ties that bind. Its characters-- Juliet, Pam, Miguel and Andrew-- each seek the light in their own tangle of branches and brush, occasionally coming together for a moment in the sun. I found this play to be an exceptionally empathetic and perceptive about what it is to be in another’s shoes. THE FOREST is a story about mothers and daughters, about the mistakes we all make, about dreams lost or deferred and most of all, about love.
  • Michelle Bergamo:
    5 May. 2018
    Grabbed me right from the start with Juliet's angry, honest, funny dialogue. Filled with truths (some of the divorce talk is almost exactly what a friend of mine experienced when she was going through it -"there's nowhere that's mine anymore.") But even with the important subject matter, the play did not feel heavy. The element of the forest added something extra to a piece, revealing to me, symbolism of "what's real/not " -- dementia, as well as "escape/unknown" -- Juliet's relationship with Andrew. Small and moves quickly - seems like it would be a great choice for production.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    HBMG Foundation Winter Playwrights' Residency
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Mile Square Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
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    O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Crashbox Theatre
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Mason Holdings
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Athena Theatre
    ,
    2017

Awards

Selection
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O'Neill Theater Conference
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2018