this party sucks

Cleo and KJ hole up in a hotel room in between shows. They’re married, they’re both musicians, but KJ’s more successful than Cleo. When they encounter Cass, a younger fan of Cleo’s who works as a towel attendant at the hotel, she sheds light on Cleo’s panic about her career and her marriage. this party sucks is a fluid fever dream examining the artist relationship through gender, competition, and sexuality,...
Cleo and KJ hole up in a hotel room in between shows. They’re married, they’re both musicians, but KJ’s more successful than Cleo. When they encounter Cass, a younger fan of Cleo’s who works as a towel attendant at the hotel, she sheds light on Cleo’s panic about her career and her marriage. this party sucks is a fluid fever dream examining the artist relationship through gender, competition, and sexuality, asking us to examine what it means to love and be loved, to create and be created.
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  • Nick Malakhow:
    3 Nov. 2019
    Amazing piece that examines celebrity, sexism, relationships, and the sometimes toxic intersections between those things. "this party sucks" is both highly theatrical and huge while being startlingly intimate. The dialogue vacillates between spare and sometimes wordless moments of lived in reality and equally plausible frantic, emotion and substance fueled cascades of words. All three characters are so carefully rendered and multi-dimensional, and Cleo's arc is inspired and at times heartbreaking. I hope to see a production of this piece in the near future!
  • Kaleigh Howland:
    1 Nov. 2019
    I've been working on this play for a scene study, and this text offers so much to sink into. These characters are stunningly drawn and the ethereal moments mixed with the harshly visceral ones made me ache. Cleo is mighty and this play does her story and her fight justice.
  • Adam Szymkowicz:
    2 May. 2019
    Complicated in the best way. Well drawn characters in a fascinating world.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    New York Theatre Workshop
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    2018

Awards

Kilroys List
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2019