The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood

After the sudden death of their housemate, four teenage girls living in a group home try to combat their grief and their guilt. A new poetic drama about the chrysalis of female adolescence that demands our attention be on the youth of America who are raising themselves in the shadows of a broken system.
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The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood

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  • Greg Lam:
    3 Dec. 2019
    An empathetic and warm-hearted look at the lives of five girls at the margins of society. Carefully observed and generous in spirit. This was the featured play on an episode of Boston Podcast Players podcast. https://www.bostonpodcastplayers.com/updates/2019/12/4/the-tragic-ecstasy
  • Jessi Pitts:
    16 Oct. 2019
    This is a piece that hurts in the best ways. Rockwell's characters are delightfully human, making their traumas and experiences all the more difficult to stomach. A wonderful play about with a hopeful and bittersweet end.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    10 Aug. 2019
    Through just a few deftly rendered and three dimensional characters, Rockwell paints a vivid world that so beautifully and heartbreakingly demonstrates the oppressive structures and institutions that young women continually encounter. Rather than miring the narrative in only the collective trauma of these women, this play brilliantly shows the ways people can come together to survive and heal in limiting circumstances. This nuanced piece explores each character's story with great tenderness, humor, and care. Hope to see a production of this soon!

Development History

  • Reading
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    Bechdel Test Fest, The Bridge Initiative
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    ATHE Conference
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
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    Boston Playwrights' Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
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    Third Culture Theatre in collaboration with HBO and Incarcerated Youth Network
    ,
    2018

Awards

Winner
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Bechdel Test Festival
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The Bridge Initiative
,
2019
Winner
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Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting
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ATHE
,
2019
Finalist
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Outstanding New Script
,
Elliot Norton
,
2019
Runner Up
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Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship
,
,
2019
Runner Up
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WomenWorks
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Tulsa University
,
2018