form of a girl unknown

Amali is a 12-year-old girl who finds herself on the edge of womanhood and is having trouble navigating her new world. Her mom's always busy and her sister is about to have a baby of her own. Her friend, Marina, has ditched her, but her new best friend ,Finn, is always there to listen--until he can't take it anymore. Her fascination with her changing body is one thing, but her fascination with the...
Amali is a 12-year-old girl who finds herself on the edge of womanhood and is having trouble navigating her new world. Her mom's always busy and her sister is about to have a baby of her own. Her friend, Marina, has ditched her, but her new best friend ,Finn, is always there to listen--until he can't take it anymore. Her fascination with her changing body is one thing, but her fascination with the story of siblings killed in the woods is another thing entirely.
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form of a girl unknown

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  • Jordan Ealey:
    20 Apr. 2020
    There are not enough words for me to say about this quiet powerhouse of a play. It explores the profundity, darkness, and - at times - pure comedy of pre-teen girlhood. An incredibly lyrical and funny script.
  • Sarah Leahy:
    17 Dec. 2019
    Oh my gosh. This piece. It took me back to my middle school years. Simpson's protagonist was so incredibly real and will remind every woman of her younger years. I had planned on reading half in one night, and the other half in the morning. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. You'll be rooting for Amali the entire time.
  • Lainie Vansant:
    28 Feb. 2019
    If you enjoyed the film "Eighth Grade," you MUST read this play. Even if you didn't- Simpson has created a visceral, ethereal piece that captures the oddness of middle schoolers and drew me in, even as someone far from that time of life. This is a very real not-quite-coming-of-age story and should be read and produced many times over!

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Westport Country Playhouse
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    The Lark
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    SPACE on Ryder Farm
    ,
    2018
  • Residency
    ,
    SPACE on Ryder Farm
    ,
    2017

Production History

Awards

The Kilroys List
,
2019
Finalist
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Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship
,
2018
Selection
,
Playwrights' Week
,
The Lark
,
2018