GREAT WHITE

Fourteen-year-old Brooke is in trouble. Her sixteen-year-old sister, Ivy, is manic and increasingly violent, and their mother, Gail, refuses to acknowledge the danger. As Brooke struggles to hold her family together, she copes by tracking a great white shark. This leads her to Luis, a troubled fifteen-year-old boy intent on swimming out to meet the shark in the ocean. As their friendship deepens, Brooke becomes...
Fourteen-year-old Brooke is in trouble. Her sixteen-year-old sister, Ivy, is manic and increasingly violent, and their mother, Gail, refuses to acknowledge the danger. As Brooke struggles to hold her family together, she copes by tracking a great white shark. This leads her to Luis, a troubled fifteen-year-old boy intent on swimming out to meet the shark in the ocean. As their friendship deepens, Brooke becomes increasingly aware of the shark drawing closer in her own life: that her sister, in a manic fit, might kill her. Set in present-day southern Florida, between coastal floods, Great White is a coming-of-age drama that explores unremitting love for family, and the consequences of inaction.
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GREAT WHITE

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  • Rachel Teagle:
    14 Oct. 2016
    Hypnotic, powerful, and unsettling. Scientific and emotional truths ring out long after the play is over. I still find myself thinking about animal distress calls.
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    11 Jun. 2016
    Beautifully rendered characters, relationships portrayed with compassion and honesty. The language is evocative yet useful, and the place serves the play well as a real place and a metaphor that works to heighten our experience -- and there is a great intensity to the play that keeps us on the edge of our seats!
  • Gina Femia:
    2 Jun. 2016
    I had the pleasure of seeing a reading of this incredible play at The Great Plains Theatre Conference. A story about two sisters, themes of mental illness and environmental science are organically interwoven throughout the fabric of the play to create a powerful story about the things we do to try to save another - even when we need to save ourselves. Strong parts for female actresses. I hope to see this play produced very soon.

Character Information

  • Brooke
    14,
    Female
    Gifted, mildly obsessive.
  • Ivy
    16,
    Female
  • Gail
    38,
    Female
    Brooke and Ivy’s mother. Somewhere stuck on the edge of confronting reality and being in denial.
  • Luis
    15,
    Latino
    ,
    Male
    A kind of strange, but brilliant boy.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Nora's Playhouse
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Capital Stage Company
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Great Plains Theatre Conference
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Workhouse Theatre Company
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Strange Sun Theater
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    The Playwrights' Center
    ,
    2014

Awards

Runner Up
,
Henley Rose Playwriting Competition, Second Place
,
Yellow Rose Productions
,
2018
Honorable Mention
,
Relentless Award
,
American Playwriting Foundation
,
2016