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 Neville’s perspective.
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  • Jennifer O'Grady:
    11 Jan. 2020
    Terrific, theatrical play about a forgotten woman and a famous one. I would love to see this staged.
  • Rich Rubin:
    16 Sep. 2019
    A bold and thrilling work of theater -- multilayered, cinematic and extremely powerful. In addition to presenting the fascinating, nineteenth century story of Anne Neville and Nellie Bly, the play's time-shifting structure touches on both the distant past and the distant future. It's a wild ride, but we know from the start that we're in the hands of a master playwright. Highly recommended!
  • Scott Sickles:
    11 Oct. 2018
    The choice to tell the tale of Nelly Bly's stay in an Blackwell's from the point of view of another patient somehow gives the story even more power. Anne Neville is not a well woman: fragile, possibly delusional, trapped, and enraged, we truly get the sense of the hell the mentally ill endure from both their afflictions and their so called treatment. It's a tour de force role in a striking and daringly imaginative play.