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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  • Joe Swenson:
    6 Jan. 2022
    Oh my, what a powerful piece of art. I was enthralled by the multi-cultural descriptions and nuances. It's a story that centers around women, relationships, existential ideals, and it's so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It's more than the words though, this play is well conceived through staging, through the dynamics of tension and love and loss. Two worlds in different times, crossing dimensions to connect the dots and tell an incredible story.
  • Sasha Karuc:
    15 Sep. 2021
    The first thing I did as soon as I read Stefani Kuo’s DELICACY OF A PUFFIN HEART is turn to my partner and tell them that they had to read it—immediately.

    Time does not feel linear in this play, and Kuo seamlessly weaves together characters, connecting them through identity, loss, and liminality. Their loneliness jumps off of the page and clings to you as you read it.

    I cannot put into words how devastatingly gorgeous this play is, but it’s the kind of theatre we need more of.
  • 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.

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
,
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