Living Creatures

Two parents’ lives are ripped apart when their 10-year-old son Luke unexpectedly dies from an allergic reaction to shellfish, leaving them alone and overwhelmed by grief. As they try to navigate through the surreal world of their grief, Luke’s mother Julia accidentally stumbles into her son’s afterlife—a strange world called “The Other Place” that looks exactly like their home, only a little different and…...
Two parents’ lives are ripped apart when their 10-year-old son Luke unexpectedly dies from an allergic reaction to shellfish, leaving them alone and overwhelmed by grief. As they try to navigate through the surreal world of their grief, Luke’s mother Julia accidentally stumbles into her son’s afterlife—a strange world called “The Other Place” that looks exactly like their home, only a little different and… stranger. She wants nothing more than to bridge the gap between the world of the living and the strange world of the dead, and will do anything to bring her young son back with her.
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Living Creatures

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  • David Hansen:
    28 Apr. 2018
    Wellman has composed a chilling fable about the helplessness of parenthood. Having a child means that every day, every moment, is an opportunity for them to die. Part ghost story, part aching lament, the playwright taps into the primal fear of child loss, creating a contemporary mythology, not to explain the afterlife, but rather what happens to the living when someone they have put their heart into is gone. It is a creepy, painful, glorious work of love.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Last Frontier Theatre Conference
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    2014
  • Workshop
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    University of Southern California
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    2014