Nathan's Secret Girlfriend: A Christmas Play

This hilarious holiday drama centers around patriarch George and his three adult(ish) children trying to cope their way through Christmas Eve, incidentally- the one year anniversary of the matriarch’s suicide.

Perfectionist Kelly has stayed home for her senior year of college to take care of her father, but has put her life on hold to become surrogate mother. Middle-child Stephanie is a...
This hilarious holiday drama centers around patriarch George and his three adult(ish) children trying to cope their way through Christmas Eve, incidentally- the one year anniversary of the matriarch’s suicide.

Perfectionist Kelly has stayed home for her senior year of college to take care of her father, but has put her life on hold to become surrogate mother. Middle-child Stephanie is a political, weed-toking lesbian in Boulder who would rather keep her family at a safe distance and uses humor to maintain her boundaries while lacerating those closest to her. George and the girls are nervous enough about the holiday, but when estranged son Nathan, a successful but awkward businessman, brings home his girlfriend -a life sized companion/sex doll- nothing will ever be the same. They struggle through the night confronting betrayal, manufactured happiness, loneliness, and the holidays, but to come together and move forward.

Mason Gross School of the Arts produced Brendon's masters thesis production of this play. It was directed by Jamie Richards, developed under the supervision of Lee Blessing, and ran for two weeks -receiving riotous responses from college freshman and senior citizens alike.
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Nathan's Secret Girlfriend: A Christmas Play

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  • Julie Zaffarano:
    7 Dec. 2018
    Brenda Votipka’s Christmas play, “Nathan’s Secret Girlfriend” is a hysterical (in more than once sense of the word) take on how dysfunctional and grieving family members cope with their own demons and each other. This family is already teeming with guilt, anger, loneliness, when the prodigal son Nathan brings his new girlfriend, a life sized doll, for Christmas dinner. Brendon brilliantly uses the same doll that causes an emotional communal explosion to begin family healing.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Larry Singer Studios OnStage with Snapped Productions
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Muhlenberg College
    ,
    2013
  • Reading
    ,
    Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
    ,
    2010

Production History

  • University
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    Rutgers Theatre Company, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
    ,
    2011