The Last Daughter
- Nick Malakhow:14 Apr. 2020“ THE LAST DAUGHTER is an excellent piece of darkly comedic sci-fi. Strayer gives us enough details about the world to understand the lay of the land while still focusing entirely on character and theme rather than getting bogged down in exposition. Eve is a compelling protagonist, and the two women surrounding her--Mother and Elizabeth--have potent motivations as well. The visual metaphors are powerful and direct, and Strayer explores reproductive freedom, bodily autonomy, gender roles, self-actualization, and systems that oppress women with complexity and nuance. I finished this briskly-moving play in one entertaining sitting. ”
- Vicki Meagher:22 Jun. 2019“ This is a surreal comedy about a woman who has The Most Valuable Reproductive System on Earth. It makes points about (non-surreal) life today, and has visual/theatrical elements that are compelling and entertaining. The relationship between the two sisters is sweet and tender, and they're both able to be creators--in their own separate ways. ”
- John Bavoso:1 Dec. 2018“ Reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, yet wholly its own story, THE LAST DAUGHTER is an original look at the struggle to find oneself and the pressures society thrusts upon us—and on women, in particular. Shot through with funny one-liners and beautiful quotes—as well as some truly wonderful dick jokes—Strayer has created a world full of flawed and interesting characters. Featuring some great roles for women—Eve, in particular, would be a joy to play, I’d imagine—this play would be one I’d love to see on its feet. Well worth a read! ”
- Eve18-39,FemaleEve is the last fertile woman on earth. She is sarcastic, strong, and also terrified. Eve loves her mother and sister but greatly resents the pressure they're putting on her. She is desperately seeking permission to be herself, but is keenly distraught by the idea of letting everyone down.
- Mother50-80,FemaleEve's mother is fiercely intent on convincing Eve to have children, not only for the sake of the world, but because she truly believes it is in Eve's best interest. She loves her daughters, but can be insensitive to their needs and their feelings. She is incredulous when people can't see life the way she does.
- Elizabeth20-42,FemaleElizabeth, or Liz, is Eve's barren sister. She desperately wants children and can't understand why Eve would throw away this opportunity. She loves her sister and was often a mother figure to her in their growing up years. She truly wants what is best for Eve, but is also hurt that she can't have what Eve has been given.
- Doctor25-45,MaleThe Doctor is Eve's guardian, caretaker, and jailer (of a sort). He's horrible at making jokes, but he's not too bad at making Eve feel at ease. He's a bit naive and single-minded, but he's also a good listener. Eventually, he develops an attraction to Eve, which opens the door to a lot of trouble. The Doctor also appears as several different characters in Eve's imagination as she tries to envision the men who are interviewing to be the father of her future children.
- VIP30-80,FemaleA Very Important Person who is bent on controlling Eve's reproductive choices, the VIP's only concern is what's best for the world at large (at least in her opinion). The VIP appears as a "talking head" on a large, overhead screen, and at the end, appears on a mobile device such as an iPad. She never appears in the flesh, but she does react to events in real-time, so I would not recommend pre-recording this character.
Jane Chambers Excellence in Feminist Playwriting
Association of Theatre for Higher Education