The Speedy Gonzales Memorial Turtle Sanctuary

When Diana comes home from the trial, she expects to find her partner Carmen in a heightened state. What she doesn't expect, however, is to find that she's made their backyard into a sanctuary for stray turtles. This play explores the extremes we will go to in order to cope and the understanding necessary for us to be there for the ones we love.
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The Speedy Gonzales Memorial Turtle Sanctuary

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  • Asher Wyndham:
    31 May. 2019
    A touching play on the mourning process.
    A wacky premise that's surprisingly poignant and uplifting, hopeful.
    An emotionally rich piece that two female actors would love to tackle.
    A smart choice for any theatre festival on themes of mourning and death.
  • Blake Wallin:
    15 Jan. 2019
    The way the characters wind around the dueling subject matter of absurdity and tragedy provides good roles for two women, and a leaping catharsis for the audience. Relatable, funny, sharp, and ultimately haunting, this couple’s argument builds and builds and then drops like a feather, a feather easily caught but not yet understood, like hope.

Character Information

  • Diana
    Mid 20s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Director should cast with diversity in mind.
  • Carmen
    Mid 20s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Walks with a limp. Director should cast with diversity in mind.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    City Theatre She Shorts Sneak Peek
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 3
    ,
    2018

Production History

Awards

Finalist
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City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting
,
City Theatre
,
2019
Finalist
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Gary Garrison Ten Minute Play Regional Finalist
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Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 3
,
2018