Monsters Are Made

When Hunter, her rapist and former friend, forces his way back into her life a year after he's declared not guilty in the court of public opinion, Ricki is faced with a difficult set of questions—what does it take to atone for this sin, is it even possible and how far is she willing go to find out?

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Monsters Are Made

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  • Henry Kelly:
    10 May. 2020
    Monsters are Made is a tour de force. Hannah has crafted such a visual and textual roller-coaster of storytelling, in a story that we may have seen or heard before, but never experienced like this. Her language is visceral pain mixed with delightful, intimate relief. Balancing these two dichotomies is so difficult, but Hannah nails it. She captures an over-looming dread with balance, humanity, and theatrical magic. The characters are so nuanced it's beautiful. I demand to see this play produced. It's incredible!
  • Rosie Narasaki:
    14 Apr. 2020
    Monsters Are Made deep dives right into the nuances and complexities of date rape, with two, well, nuanced and complex characters. Though the subject matter is serious (and by serious, I mean important and vital), this play is laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally quite sexy.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    13 Feb. 2020
    This is an uncompromising and wrenching piece that explores aspects of the aftermath of sexual assault that I haven't really seen examined onstage. Both Ricki and Hunter are exquisitely human characters, and I love how they are put in this heightened theatrical world. Through Ricki, Langley articulates the complex brutality and reality of being assaulted by a friend. In the misguided Hunter, she shows how an acquaintance assailant asking for forgiveness on his own terms can so easily be just another form of attempted control, domination, and trauma. It would be harrowing but powerful to see this onstage.

Character Information

  • Ricki Mae West
    Presents Female
  • Hunter Darling
    Presents Male
    Athletic

Development History

Awards

Finalist
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Summer Theatre Festival
,
She LA
,
2019
Winner
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Rapid Development Series 5
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The Fountain Theatre
,
2019
Second Rounder in Playwriting Competition
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Austin Film Festival
,
2019