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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  • Nick Malakhow:
    15 Jan. 2020
    A quirky, offbeat, often times hilarious, and human story told with an extraordinarily deft hand, Romeo explores caretaking of various forms and its impacts. The four characters in this piece are vibrantly rendered and nuanced--though they oftentimes skirt around saying what they directly mean, their intentions, actions, and reactions are crystal clear and completely plausible. It is a testament to the writing that, even when the characters do and say eyebrow-raising things, the actions come from a truthful and compelling to watch place. Lastly, the theatrical world crafted here blends sharp realism with just enough whimsy and lyricism. Gorgeous!
  • Grant MacDermott:
    13 Jan. 2020
    One of the most beautifully, elegantly, and effortlessly crafted plays I've read in a while. A quintessential Romeo play but with an extra layer of poetry and heart that made me catch my breath, laugh out loud, and wipe a tear away more than once. An achingly human play that doesn't give you any answers just more questions and yet at the end you find yourself comforted and as if you have truly learned something. And as a man who lost his father to Alzheimer's, Romeo does an impeccable job of capturing the disease with accuracy and understanding. Well done.
  • Aleks Merilo:
    7 Aug. 2019
    A totally unique theatrical venture that manages to blur the line between what is relatable and what is fantastical. The at times heavy content is fused with offbeat wit and whimsey, with priceless dialogue along the way ("I actually used to cry in the grocery store all the time."). The imagery makes this play feel like a painting that has come alive. What I like the most is that Romeo respects the intelligence of the audience enough to present us with symbolism without spelling out hammering us over the head with its meaning. I always enjoy her work.

Development History

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

Awards

Selection
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O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
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2018