- David Hansen:13 Apr. 2020“ Strayer's "Drowning Ophelia" is a survivor's tale, of a woman's journey to rise above the brokenness and betrayal one feels when abused by a beloved family member, one whose departure makes confrontation impossible. Ophelia never had the opportunity to confront her abuser, and so Hamlet gets to move forward feeling as though he got something wrong and feel bad about it. Strayer's protagonist also grapples to attain peace through action, fighting madness, and we're left to hope that she some day will. It is a strong narrative, poetically rendered, and I would be thrilled to one day experience a production. ”
- Carly McMinn:2 Oct. 2019“ I had the privilege of directing Drowning Ophelia as my first production in my MFA program. This play does a wonderful job at examining what life is like for victims after abuse and how we cope (or don't). The inclusion of the character Ophelia serves as a compelling foil to Jane. Edmund brings in some much appreciated kindness and comic relief. And Adam...a true actor's challenge. There is a lot of opportunity for technical elements, this play offers so much room for creativity. A truly powerful experience for all. ”
- Amanda Prahl:15 Jun. 2019“ In turns funny and devastating, the play weaves in Shakespeare's language with contemporary dialogue for a surprising and emotional experience. Strayer peppers smart hints throughout, but the twist near the end is still a gut-punch. ”
- OpheliaAgeless but child-like,FemaleAt first sight, Ophelia appears to be straight out of Shakespeare's HAMLET, and her language reflects this. She is child-like, but purposeful in all she says and does. She very much cares about all the characters in the play, and wishes more than anything to communicate what is troubling her, so it might be resolved.
- Jane18-45,FemaleJane is a bit obsessive and a tad on edge. She likes to stay in control of her surroundings, even so far as to hire someone who will play romantic roles with her, while staying at a safe, non-personal distance. She is aware of Ophelia at all times and her greatest goal is to keep Ophelia contained in her bathtub where she belongs. Jane needs to grieve two great losses in her life, but is desperate not to face them at all.
- Edmund18-49,MaleEdmund is an actor, equal parts charm and awkwardness. He genuinely likes Jane, but is troubled by her outbursts. He is minimally aware of Ophelia, and will attempt to ignore her for Jane's benefit. He's nice, but ill-equipped to handle what's happening in Jane's life.
- Adam20-49,MaleAdam is devastatingly likable, at least in his interactions with Ophelia. He is fun and funny and loving...until he isn't. With Jane, he can vacillate between brash and distant, tense and nonchalant. Adam should be able to make the audience fall in love with him, until her breaks their hearts.
- ,Reading,Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble2012
- ,Reading,Wilkes University at the Drama Book Shop2010
- ,University,University of Idaho2019
- ,Community Theater,Gaslight Theatre Company2016
- ,Fringe,Ensemble Atria & Eager Risk Theater2016
- ,Professional,Repurposed Theatre2013