delicacy of a puffin heart

In a small San Francisco apartment in the 1990’s, Meryl and Ana Sofia, a lesbian couple, attempt to conceive a child through in-vitro fertilization while navigating Meryl's bipolar disorder II. In the same apartment two decades later, their daughter, Robyn and her roommate Hadley are forced to navigate their friendship through Robyn's cancer. In the struggle to take control of their lives,...
In a small San Francisco apartment in the 1990’s, Meryl and Ana Sofia, a lesbian couple, attempt to conceive a child through in-vitro fertilization while navigating Meryl's bipolar disorder II. In the same apartment two decades later, their daughter, Robyn and her roommate Hadley are forced to navigate their friendship through Robyn's cancer. In the struggle to take control of their lives, relationships, and illnesses four women unravel the complexity of their Asian, Bulgarian, and outsider to American identities and experience the potential loss of female friendship and sense of self: What does it mean to love someone honestly even when they are incapable of being honest with themselves?
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delicacy of a puffin heart

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    6 Oct. 2019
    This play is masterfully woven. Relationships, identity, love, loss, and time, circle and wrap each scene like poetry. The loneliness is enhanced with the joy of the characters and vice versa. Would love to see this beautiful play realized on stage.
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    30 Aug. 2019
    There are certain plays where the premise is both puzzling and alluring. Stefani Kuo's delicacy of a puffin heart is a play that you wonder about long after both reading and watching. The play kept me at the edge of my seat throughout and wouldn't let go of my heart and soul. It's a play that bears repeated reading, where revelations and turns feel so natural, and whose dialogue feels unlike anything you'll read. Give it a try. Better yet, produce it and see the possibility of a new kind of theatre.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    15 May. 2019
    This was a beautiful and surprising read. I loved the way it seamlessly navigated throughout time and space with poignant transitions that truly aided the storytelling. A turning point a little more than halfway through really surprised me in a fabulous way, and the characters' unique and distinct identities were so well drawn.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Williamstown Theater Festival
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Williamstown Theater Festival
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Corkscrew Theatre Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Fringe
    ,
    The Parsnip Ship
    ,
    2018

Awards

Finalist
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The Ground Floor
,
Berkeley Repertory
,
2018
Finalist
,
The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship
,
The Lark Theater Company
,
2018
Finalist
,
The Jerome Fellowship
,
Playwrights Center
,
2018