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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  • Jan Rosenberg:
    8 Nov. 2018
    It is so rare to see a play that's so genuine, heartfelt, and hilarious. Beautiful moments between mothers and daughters. A 12 year old's rejection of the rules and restrictions put upon her body by society, so she takes to the woods. Amali was such a delightful, funny, and REAL character. I could've lived in her world for a long time. I'm excited to reread this.
  • Emily Hageman:
    21 Oct. 2018
    I've never read a play that so perfectly captured the voice of a girl this age so perfectly. As I read this magnificent play, I remembered what it was like to be this age in all of its raw glory. Simpson is a marvel and one of my favorite playwrights period. She writes with such grace and intelligence, with such powerful emotion that is so incredibly understated. Everything in this play is so painfully real. This is not your average coming of age story, but being a young woman is anything but average anyways.
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    14 Oct. 2018
    Stunning. You feel so much light radiating even from the darkest moments of this coming-of-age story that dares to frame the pre-teen years in all its awkward, funny, disturbing, and tragic glory. A play asking immense questions through the lens of a child who wants answers. You will see yourself in the narrative, you will see loved ones, and you'll see your own insecurities from childhood--present even now, in some respects--presented before you. This is a play whose humanity demands you watch and never stop watching on this search for answers in the woods. Cannot recommend enough. Read this!

Development History

  • Reading
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    The Lark
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    2018
  • Reading
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    SPACE on Ryder Farm
    ,
    2018
  • Residency
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    SPACE on Ryder Farm
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    2017

Awards

Finalist
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Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship
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2018
Selection
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Playwrights' Week
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The Lark
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2018