Eyes Shut. Door Open.

Inkwell Finalist, Nominated for Best New Play at the ArtImpulse Awards 2015

FULL LENGTH - Turner Street’s bold paintings are the hottest thing to hit the SoHo art scene – they’ve even captured the attention of the elusive Johanna. But when his one-eyed, pill-popping, younger brother Palmer appears, Turner must face the disturbing truth of his success, the dark family secrets shut behind doors,...
Inkwell Finalist, Nominated for Best New Play at the ArtImpulse Awards 2015

FULL LENGTH - Turner Street’s bold paintings are the hottest thing to hit the SoHo art scene – they’ve even captured the attention of the elusive Johanna. But when his one-eyed, pill-popping, younger brother Palmer appears, Turner must face the disturbing truth of his success, the dark family secrets shut behind doors, and risk losing everything.
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Eyes Shut. Door Open.

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  • Kevin Cirone:
    20 May. 2020
    Watched a Zoom reading and was leaning forward virtually (ha!) the entire time. Seinuk has a penchant for dark, visceral human stories and this is no exception. There's a strong throughline for each character about different forms of addiction and coping mechanisms against the backdrop of the main character grappling with his artistic identity and coming to terms with his haunted past. Would love to see it in production.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    19 May. 2020
    I watched the streamed Zoom reading of this piece and was wholly engaged and thrilled throughout its entire running time! Seinuk has crafted three really complex characters and puts them in a powder-keg of a situation. The piece at once lives at a heightened and mythic pitch while also telling an intimate story of trauma, addiction, mental health struggles, and cycles of familial violence. The hauntings served to both punctuate the tightly-written scenes and raise the stakes/tension. I thought the startling intimacy and lyrical language worked well on Zoom--I'd love to see it in the flesh too!
  • Tyler Joseph Rossi:
    19 Mar. 2020
    I love when stories get an update. I'm a sucker for mythology/theological plays. I'm so glad I could experience Eyes Shut. Door Open. - it was right up my alley. It's lyricism has a nightmare-ish hypnotism about it that keeps you enthralled to the end. Definitely worth the read.

Character Information

  • Turner Street
    30s,
    Probably White
    ,
    Male
    ruggedly handsome artist trapped by his guilt, the secrets he carries, and plagued with a short temper. He struggles with alcoholism, egotism, and lack of sleep.
  • Palmer Street
    21,
    Probably White
    ,
    Male
    Turner's younger brother, witty, charming, pained, exceedingly handsome, pretty almost, except for his mutilated left eye, which he hides under a medical pirate's patch. He is an addict.
  • Johanna
    20's-30's,
    non Caucasian
    ,
    Female
    A writer in search of a muse, sultry, and off beat, with a secret of her own.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Zoom Reading, self produced
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    Wax Wings Productions
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Interim Writers
    ,
    2014
  • Workshop
    ,
    Argos Productions
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Wax Wings Productions
    ,
    2013

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Wax Wings Productions
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    Wax Wings Productions
    ,
    2015

Awards

Winner
,
Outstanding New Work
,
OnStage Critics Award
,
2016