Preservation

In a small town, in an archival library, there’s a vault. Inside the vault, there’s a box. Stella, Lydia’s dying grandmother, has convinced her that inside the box is a buried family secret that could alter their lives. But the founder of the library funded it under the stipulation that the box never be opened. Lydia and Stella need vindication. Stan, the library’s archivist, needs to protect the library and...
In a small town, in an archival library, there’s a vault. Inside the vault, there’s a box. Stella, Lydia’s dying grandmother, has convinced her that inside the box is a buried family secret that could alter their lives. But the founder of the library funded it under the stipulation that the box never be opened. Lydia and Stella need vindication. Stan, the library’s archivist, needs to protect the library and the founder’s integrity at all costs. Lydia isn’t going away. And Stan isn’t backing down. Preservation is a dark, comedic thriller that explores what happens when protecting the dead comes at the cost of the living.
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Preservation

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  • Judy B. Goss:
    21 Oct. 2019
    Grabbed by the action, I was drawn deeply into the characters’ eccentric humanity through dark humor. PRESERVATION weaves an intriguing story, beyond the suspense of discovering what had been ordered to be hidden in a lock box forever. Urgent to verify their identities, past and present, the characters bend each other to serve their deepest needs, operating with cleverness and passion.
  • Kitchen Dog Theater:
    27 May. 2019
    We are pleased to support this play! It was a Finalist for the 2019 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas.

Character Information

  • Lydia
    late 30s,
    Female
    Hair up in a bun until scene five. She means well.
  • Stan
    late 30s,
    Male
    Balding. Protective. He wants to be kind. There’s something charmingly old-fashioned about him.
  • Stella
    80,
    Female
    Loose ragged hair. She’s lived a rough life and hasn’t aged gracefully but maintains a stern sophistication to her. Sometimes coherent, sometimes lost.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    William Inge Center for the Arts
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Atlantic Acting School, NYU
    ,
    2018

Awards

Winner
,
Collaboration Award
,
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition
,
2019
Finalist
,
Kitchen Dog Theater's New Works Festival
,
Kitchen Dog Theater
,
2019
Winner
,
Jewish Ensemble Theatre's New Play Festival
,
Jewish Ensemble Theatre
,
2019
Finalist
,
Woodward/Newman Drama Award
,
Bloomington Playwrights Project
,
2018