We Are A Masterpiece

WE ARE A MASTERPIECE takes place at the dawn of the AIDS crisis, when the disease was still a mystery. In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Joan, a no-nonsense nurse, becomes a sort of fairy godmother to the town’s gay community when no one else will step up to care for them as they die one by one. She becomes their friend, their mother, their sister, as they navigate life and death with this new plague. Out of the ashes of...
WE ARE A MASTERPIECE takes place at the dawn of the AIDS crisis, when the disease was still a mystery. In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Joan, a no-nonsense nurse, becomes a sort of fairy godmother to the town’s gay community when no one else will step up to care for them as they die one by one. She becomes their friend, their mother, their sister, as they navigate life and death with this new plague. Out of the ashes of their collective lives, lifelong bonds are forged and beauty is found even at the darkest of moments.
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We Are A Masterpiece

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  • Sharai Bohannon:
    26 Jun. 2018
    I'm in love with this play. It's a masterclass in storytelling that has led me to cry in a public space. Femia does an amazing job of wrapping us into this epic tale while making it feel delicate and intimate every page. The world needs more plays like this. Please produce this far and wide!!
  • John Bavoso:
    4 May. 2018
    Stories about the AIDS crisis are my emotional kryptonite, and WE ARE A MASTERPIECE is no exception. Femia has filled this play with such beautiful, devastating, funny, heartbreaking, and human moments. And Joan is such a good role for a talented actor!
  • Scott Sickles:
    3 May. 2018
    WE ARE A MASTERPIECE is The Play We Need Now about the beginning of the Great Gay Plague, in 1982/1983 when no one knew anything, prejudice surfaced without shame in people we thought were noble, and gay men stopped dying by the hundreds and started dying by the thousands. It reminds us that a disease that's largely manageable today once seemed unstoppable.

    Tiny battles and almost imperceptible explosions build and build through characters as real as our loved ones fighting insurmountable odds and the petty tyrannies of their community. The play succeeds in being political by being unfailingly, deeply personal.

Development History

  • Commission
    ,
    Retro Productions Theatre Company
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Retro Productions Theatre Company
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Retro Productions/14th Street Y
    ,
    2018

Awards

Honorable Mention
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Christopher Hewitt Award
,
2018
Winner
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Doric Wilson Award for Independent Playwrights
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NYIT Awards
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2018