Cricket Woman Mother Earth (or) A Nasty Comeuppance

Aura Bloom can’t sleep. She’s consumed with grief over our ever-warming planet and despaired over recent social/political events. So, when Aura seduces an unsuspecting Census Worker in a last ditch grab for consolation (who later mysteriously dies in her bed) and claims he’s impregnated her, it’s no wonder that her husband, Billy, thinks she’s gone over the edge. In the months that follow, Billy tries to...
Aura Bloom can’t sleep. She’s consumed with grief over our ever-warming planet and despaired over recent social/political events. So, when Aura seduces an unsuspecting Census Worker in a last ditch grab for consolation (who later mysteriously dies in her bed) and claims he’s impregnated her, it’s no wonder that her husband, Billy, thinks she’s gone over the edge. In the months that follow, Billy tries to navigate his anger over Aura’s infidelity, while Aura prepares to birth an extinction level plague; Mother Earth’s final punishment for mankind’s carelessness.

A play about crickets, politics, sex, unemployment, and… oh yeah, the end of the world.

*Boston Court New Play Reading Festival selection, 2017
*Finalist: O’Neill Playwright’s Conference, 2011
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Cricket Woman Mother Earth (or) A Nasty Comeuppance

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  • Britt A Willis:
    1 Jul. 2018
    Cricket Woman Mother Earth explores the anxiety caused by an overwhelming amount of access to terrifying, dehumanizing, and hope-killing news. As some tweet supposedly quoting someone's therapist said: our brains didn't evolve at the same rate as our technology, we are not built to handle this much daily trauma. The best moments in Cricket Woman question our tendency (especially in Trump! Era! Theatre!) to see current events as new, awful developments instead of more of the old, but the womb-horror aspects were a close second for me. More horror theatre, please!
  • John Bavoso:
    7 Apr. 2018
    This play had me hooked (and repulsed) from the first few moments and didn’t let go. Despite all the darkness, the script is funny as hell, and a powerful, theatrical representation of the anxiety so many people are feeling these days. Aura is a GREAT role for a talented actor. I hope to see this on stage some day!
  • Francesca Pazniokas:
    10 Mar. 2018
    Never has a descent into apopcyptic hell been such a fun ride. This is the female-driven political horror play the world needs right now. Would love to see this produced.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Boston Court Performing Arts Center
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    2017
  • Reading
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    Theatre of NOTE - Los Angeles
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    2013
  • Reading
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    The Artist's Path
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    2011