From the Deep

FULL LENGTH - When Andrew, a missing Boston University student, arrives in the surreal Room of the Missing, Ilan, an Israeli POW, must convince Andrew to play games, keep his mind active, and face the truth of his captivity before they both go missing forever. From The Deep explores the question: where do we go when in captivity, and what will we do to survive?
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From the Deep

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    24 Apr. 2020
    I loved this creative and beautifully-executed play from start to finish! Seinuk does an awesome job of establishing a consistent and vividly-rendered theatrical world populated by two compelling characters. There is a poignant symmetry between Ilan and Andrew's literal and metaphorical captivity, and I appreciated that, while there were clear parallels drawn between the two, it was always evident that each man's journey was unique, distinct, and respected as such. Structurally, I loved the contemplative but continuously progressive tempo and rhythm of the piece. I'd love to see this on its feet!
  • Wayne L. Firestone:
    1 Jul. 2019
    This tale of two captives is about symmetries and asymmetries and the deals we make with ourselves and others when we are desperate. The two men brought together through unrelated tragic circumstances, nonetheless prove hopeful allies to one another with the promise of paying it forward to others. This is high drama. I want to know why they are there, will they get out and what will they sacrifice as part of their struggle to survive.
  • Jim Dalglish:
    25 Oct. 2017
    I love this play... Its themes, its two characters, and their situation continue to haunt my memory. Very well done from beginning to end.

Character Information

  • Ilan Shaliach
    26-30,
    Israeli
    ,
    Male
    a 26-30 year old Israeli Solider, Prisoner Of War for 5 years, he is skinny, nearly too skinny, he has an accent when he speaks English, but he speaks English very well. He is trying to make amends.
  • Andrew Dayton
    23,
    White
    ,
    Male
    Andrew is a 23 year old American, Architecture Grad Student, his family is from Pennsylvania, and he has a hint of an accent. ANDREW is tall, handsome in an American Apparel sort of way. He has a deep secret that weighs heavily upon him.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Firehouse Center for the Arts
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    The Kennedy Center
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Paper Sprout Productions
    ,
    2013
  • Reading
    ,
    Interim Writers
    ,
    2013

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    New York International Fringe Festival
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    Boston Public Works Theater Company
    ,
    2015

Awards

Winner
,
Jewish Cultural Endowment
,
Boston University
,
2016
Honorable Mention
,
The List
,
The Kilroys
,
2015
Winner
,
Jewish Cultural Endowment
,
2014
Runner Up
,
Latin American Playwrights Award
,
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
,
2014
Winner
,
Pestalozzi New Play Prize
,
Firehouse Center for the Arts
,
2013