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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  • Cheryl Bear:
    10 Jul. 2021
    A powerful story of the love for family, the struggles one copes with and the danger that encroaches as the trauma builds. Well done.
  • Audrey Lang:
    30 Mar. 2021
    This is such a deeply theatrical play and I'm aching to see it performed. The characters are complex and challenging. It can be hard to empathize with people in circumstances we don't fully understand, so it is especially remarkable that Yarchun has depicted a family struggling with mental illness in a way that lets us in and truly does bring us to feel for each character, even and especially when their actions (or inactions) are upsetting.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    11 Feb. 2021
    An exquisite and theatrical exploration of mental illness and complex family relationships. The broader use of climate change, Brooke's obsession with Mary Lee, and Gail's post-it note coping strategy provide beautiful, nuanced, and subtle extended metaphors that bolster the human core of the play. There is also something really poignant about reading it right now--it begs to be staged and creatively realized on its feet, and I can't wait to see it live some day. There's so much here for a whole production team--from actors to directors to designers to movement folks--to sink its teeth into.

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