THE PLATYPODES: A Full-Length Play

FULL-LENGTH. Has never received a professional production. Formerly known as 'ALLEGRA.' THE PLATYPODES is about Allegra Gray, a pregnant woman, making a difficult decision for herself and her brother who has Down syndrome. Complicating matters is that her entire city knows that she is pregnant. This political play deals with the current restrictions on reproductive rights, but is also an intimate...
FULL-LENGTH. Has never received a professional production. Formerly known as 'ALLEGRA.' THE PLATYPODES is about Allegra Gray, a pregnant woman, making a difficult decision for herself and her brother who has Down syndrome. Complicating matters is that her entire city knows that she is pregnant. This political play deals with the current restrictions on reproductive rights, but is also an intimate family drama and a tragedy about one woman's heroic act of will. A play with illustrations, Powerpoint, slow-mo, Sign language, performance art, and platypuses. RECOGNITION (when the play was titled ALLEGRA): Semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, 2012. National Finalist for the David Mark Cohen Award, the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, 2011.
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THE PLATYPODES: A Full-Length Play

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  • Nelson Diaz-Marcano:
    3 Dec. 2017
    Asher has shown time and time again to be an expert of the short monologue format, but in here he truly shines as he tackles a full length and goes for the throat. An incredible character study of both our people and the hypocrisy of our society, Asher characters move the plot forward with both compassion and harsh realities. We can't help but love them and be afraid for them while somehow feeling the dreadful doom that accompanies their every step. I came with high expectations, and I was not disappointed with this extremely poignant work!
  • Greg Burdick:
    10 Nov. 2017
    After reading many of Asher Wyndham’s shorter works, I was looking forward to seeing what he would do with longer form. The Platypodes did not disappoint. Audiences will instantly sympathize with Allegra’s dilemma, but at the same time, Jerusalem Joe’s compassion for her brother with Down syndrome makes it difficult to hate his politics. The result: a topic which frequently provokes a polarizing, stalemate discussion, yields a well-crafted story that admirably humanizes both sides. Bonus points to Wyndham for the creation of Vito... an absolute gift for underrepresented actors. I want to see this show.
  • Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos:
    29 Oct. 2017
    This play is a microcosm of political and ethical angst manifesting among a tight community of diverse inhabitants with divergent but defendable points of view. There is no easy way out of this story, which makes for some heart wrenching theatre. Wyndham weaves a story of impossible choices. Every action leads to a ripple effect of devastating consequences for someone else. I’ve never seen these characters before, nor would I have ever imagined them in this wonderfully refreshing combination. Multi-media approaches to production will really bring out the fantastic theatrical potential of this play. Highly recommended!

Development History

  • Reading
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    A table reading at Playwright's Center, Minneapolis, MN.
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    2014
  • Reading
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    Wordsmyth Theater Company at Main Street Theatre, Chelsea Market, Houston, TX, Sept. 12
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    2011
  • Reading
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    Table readings at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, Los Angeles, Feb. 9th and 12th
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    2011
  • Reading
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    Table readings at Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, Nov. 20th, 2010 and April 30th, 2011. Part of the Second Draft Series.
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    2011
  • Workshop
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    Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Directed by Bill Partlan.
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    2010

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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(When the play was titled ALLEGRA) Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference
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Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center
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2012
Finalist
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(When play was titled ALLEGRA) David Mark Cohen Award
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, the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival
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2011