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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  • Michael G. Hilton:
    20 Feb. 2019
    This was the play I needed to read this week. Femia has found a way to write about the AIDS epidemic in the 21st century: post-ironic, deeply personal. She proves herself to be not only playwright but magician, conjuring those from the margins - nurses, janitors, artists - to tell about those who died in the margins. "Choose to remember" Ryan exhorts us. Without question, this mesmerizing play will be remembered for a long time to come.
  • Massimo Monfiletto:
    2 Feb. 2019
    I cried in my workplace when I first read this play. It's tender, delicate, and most wonderfully, focused sharply on the ways in which inter-community tragedy obstructs basic human connection. A play about love in a time of plague, this story tells us how much we still have to learn about the human heart.
  • 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!!

Character Information

  • Joan
    40s,
    Any
    ,
    Female

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