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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  • Hallie Palladino:
    26 Jul. 2019
    A powerful and bold, unexpected exploration of the psychological and sociological complexities of rape and its aftermath. There are no easy answers here. Ricki’s steadfast deflection of Hunter’s self-loathing and desire to be punished pushes him to recognize what a path toward justice would mean—and what he must sacrifice. He naively thinks he can be released through some hardcore role play, but boy is he wrong! Flipping the power dynamic isn’t just something you can pretend at, nor is culpability a private matter.
  • Troy Loftin:
    13 Jun. 2019
    I've rarely been more tense in a theatre than while watching Hannah's wonderful play. There were times when I literally had to clench the sides of my seat to keep from jolting up and trying to stop a character from taking an action. Hannah is deft at creating humans who are intrinsically drawn towards each other in the most explosive ways. I was left wrestling with my own thoughts about forgiveness and repentance after watching this play - and that's what great theatre should do.
  • Aleks Merilo:
    24 Feb. 2019
    With echoes of Sarah Kane, Langley ventures into the nearly taboo territory of friendship after a sexual assault. This is a relentless, white-knuckle affair, and I have a lot of respect for Langley seeing this plot through to its inevitable conclusion, and going where a lot of writers would not dare. It’s most impressive feat is forcing the audience to contemplate the limits of forgiveness, while getting into the mind of an apologetic predator. The line “you’re still my best friend” has never been so uncomfortable.

Character Information

  • Ricki Mae West
    appears female
  • Hunter Darling
    appears 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
,
The Fountain Theatre
,
2019
Second Rounder in Playwriting Competition
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Austin Film Festival
,
2019