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  • Nick Malakhow:
    27 Aug. 2019
    A beautifully observed and heart wrenchingly told story. While it tackles a timely and urgent subject in opioid addiction, it does so without didacticism or preaching to either its characters or audience. Each character is so fully rendered. I love reading a quiet drama such as this that focuses on the tiny seismic shifts in life that lead to new understandings. Hope to see this produced soon!
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    29 Jun. 2019
    Wonderful play that tells a heart-wrenching story that is so well-told, lyrical while real and filled with specific and relatable, recognizable characters. Hyannis is stunning in its depth and humanity! I hope it is produced often!
  • Gina Femia:
    18 Jun. 2019
    This play, this play, this play. It's such a beautiful, heartbreaking play. It knocked all the wind out of me and left me trying to breathe. Cannot recommend enough. Produce, produce, produce!
  • David Hilder:
    3 Jun. 2019
    Suuuuch a strong play. Terrific, plausible characters in uncomfortably plausible circumstances -- the constant and implacable threats addiction poses are treated unflinchingly but with great nuance and compassion. A wonderful play I'd love to see.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    21 May. 2019
    This is a beautiful and gut wrenching play about love, family, addiction, and what happens when all three intersect. It had me in tears multiple times reading it off the page. Each character is so full and complex. I was grabbed from the very first page. Would love to see this produced. Excellent work.
  • Premiere Stages at Kean University:
    16 Apr. 2019
    Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University, is pleased to recognize “Hyannis” by Kari Bentley-Quinn as a finalist for the 2019 Premiere Play Festival. “Hyannis” rose through a competitive selection process conducted by Premiere staff and a panel of outside theatre professionals to become one of just 4 finalists out of 659 submissions. The panel was particularly impressed by the play’s compelling, evocative dialogue; its heartbreaking examination of the ways that addiction affects a family; and its well-rounded ensemble of complex, nuanced characters. Our congratulations and thanks to Kari.
  • Tira Palmquist:
    12 Apr. 2019
    This play is a heartbreaking, gut-punch about the costs -- financial, emotional and physical -- of addiction. The choices that these characters make aren't easy, and the ripple effects of their decisions impact their relationships, their livelihoods, their homes. Just when we think that the characters are on solid ground, the play reminds us that, no, addiction's not like that. Like I said, a gut-punch. I'd love to see this play produced immediately.
  • Amy Berryman:
    26 Mar. 2019
    I read this play when it became a finalist for the Premiere Play Festival and I am so glad I did. A very honest look at the opioid epidemic with gorgeous characters, each one deep and complex, not only in their own makeup but in their relationship to the other characters in the play. Simply told - and has a killer, aching ending.
  • Jason Tseng:
    31 May. 2018
    A heartbreaking, honest, and unflinching examination of the opioid epidemic and how it ravages the lives of not just addicts, but everyone connected to them. The play doesn't offer any easy answers, but rather cleaves close to the emotional truth of each character in a really beautiful way.