Near Nellie Bly

(Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival, 2019)
(O'Neill Semi-Finalist)

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Nellie Bly, aspiring daredevil reporter, went undercover in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City, 1887. There she befriended a patient named Anne Neville. After 10 days, Nellie was released. Anne stayed. This play tells the above story from Anne...
(Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival, 2019)
(O'Neill Semi-Finalist)

FULL LENGTH
Nellie Bly, aspiring daredevil reporter, went undercover in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City, 1887. There she befriended a patient named Anne Neville. After 10 days, Nellie was released. Anne stayed. This play tells the above story from Anne Neville’s perspective. It strives to show not what Nellie Bly did, but rather, WHY what Nellie Bly did was important.
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  • Doug DeVita:
    7 Jun. 2021
    Darkly atmospheric, rich in period detail, and intensely gripping from its first lines, by telling Nellie Bly’s story through the eyes and point of view of Anne Neville, an inmate in a mental institution, Mark Loewenstern creates an immediacy and sense of horror that creeps up on you and is hard to shake long after having read the play. Dynamite roles for women help make this an excellent, provocative work, and one I’d love to see staged.
  • Jerry Polner:
    10 May. 2021
    In this shattering dramatization, reporter Nellie Bly goes undercover to expose the cruel mistreatment of women at the insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island, New York City in 1887. Nellie befriends a woman named Anne, who is worn down but wrongly committed and has no one left to save her. The story of the asylum is told through Anne’s eyes – how every working woman is just one job, one accident, or one marriage away from being branded insane and locked away forever. Near Nellie Bly is a brutal, beautifully written shot of truth.
  • Duncan Pflaster:
    22 Oct. 2020
    A moving and interesting adaptation of Nellie Bly's story, Loewenstern delves deeply into proto-feminist ideas and notions and not only tells the story of Nellie's investigation into Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum, also draws a vivid picture of the abuses perpetrated upon those women incarcerated there.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples, FL
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    2019

Awards

Winner
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New Play Festival
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Gulfshore Playhouse
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2019