Portmanteaux

Liza, a recent college graduate and composer, works a manic number of odd jobs. When she’s not Duck Tour guiding, selling ads for a magazine about creepy places in Pennsylvania, catering, or tutoring, she creates soundscapes of her isolated existence in her now roommate-devoid, shelled out apartment. Her life-agenda is thrown into disarray when she collides with Dale, a young anarchist with a diametrically...
Liza, a recent college graduate and composer, works a manic number of odd jobs. When she’s not Duck Tour guiding, selling ads for a magazine about creepy places in Pennsylvania, catering, or tutoring, she creates soundscapes of her isolated existence in her now roommate-devoid, shelled out apartment. Her life-agenda is thrown into disarray when she collides with Dale, a young anarchist with a diametrically opposed concept of life. Through a series of misadventures ranging from an ill-fated attempt to fly a kite, urban spelunking, and an epic rideshare journey, Dale and Liza alter each other’s worlds. An exploration of life-altering intersections, virtual proximity, and that oh-so fine line between independence and isolation.
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Portmanteaux

Character Information

  • Liz
    22,
    Female
    A meticulous type A personality; a former child prodigy. She dresses like a young professional, but more prim than hip.
  • Dale
    22,
    Male
    An anarchist and alcoholic; he didn’t buy his clothes, he found them.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Des Moines Social Club Theater
    ,
    2012
  • Reading
    ,
    The Great Plains Theater Conference
    ,
    2011
  • Reading
    ,
    Stony Brook University
    ,
    2011
  • Workshop
    ,
    WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory
    ,
    2009

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    The Overtime Theater, San Antonio
    ,
    2014

Awards

Finalist
,
The Hormel New Works Festival
,
Phoenix Theater
,
2012
Finalist
,
Firehouse Theatre Project's New Play Festival
,
Firehouse Theatre
,
2012
Runner Up
,
John Gassner Award
,
Stony Brook University
,
2011