The Emilies

Recovering addict and aspiring pop star Avery comes home to his sister Emily’s bedside following her horrific attempt at suicide. Over the course of a night he’ll fight to solve the puzzle of who his brilliant and wild-hearted sister really is – or was – and how she ended up confined to a hospital bed, connected to a ventilator. The Emilies is a story about addiction, and about recovery. Each comes with its own...
Recovering addict and aspiring pop star Avery comes home to his sister Emily’s bedside following her horrific attempt at suicide. Over the course of a night he’ll fight to solve the puzzle of who his brilliant and wild-hearted sister really is – or was – and how she ended up confined to a hospital bed, connected to a ventilator. The Emilies is a story about addiction, and about recovery. Each comes with its own set of consequences. For Avery and Emily, there may be healing but there is also, inevitably, irreparable harm.


EMILY (f, 27) is a whip-smart, wild-hearted, alcoholic manager of a record shop who by all accounts should have been so much more. She is in the hospital following a suicide attempt.

AVERY (m, 30) is Emily's brother. He is a recovering heroin addict and proudly-out aspiring pop star who’s done everything he can to escape the suburbs that so crushingly shaped him.

THERESA (f, 45) is a cheerfully capable nurse in a sprawling suburban hospital who manages her patients’ pain - and her own - with snickerdoodle cookies and the power of positive thinking.
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The Emilies

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  • Rachael Carnes:
    7 Feb. 2020
    This play explores the passage of time, the paths not taken, and the way for some, emotional self-protection can endure the worst, but in that momentary response, might impede growth. Brantley brings a hopeful message within a play with increasing extremes – there’s a sense of connection between and among the characters, that’s ultimately about self-acceptance. This play grabbed me and kept me right with it, start to finish.
  • Sarah Izzo:
    4 Nov. 2019
    Sharp, touching, funny, heartbreaking play. Drives forward straight through to the end, loaded up with mystery, anger, love, and the absurdity that so often pokes through in dire situations. A story about the reflections of ourselves that we do or don’t see in our loved ones, and the unknowable parts of those closest to us. A beautiful piece!

Development History

  • Commission
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    Kid Brooklyn Productions
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    2017