THE PLATYPODES: A Full-Length Play

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...
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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  • Matthew Weaver:
    9 Mar. 2017
    Heartwrenching, full of complications and ultra topical. Tackles controversy head-on, never flinches, even if the characters do. Characters are well-drawn, multi-dimensional, and Wyndham allows them to not be sympathetic. Added bonus: We get Vito's presentation on platypuses. Daring, daring play. Cannot use the term 'thought-provoking' enough.
  • David C. Tucker:
    17 Nov. 2015
    Wyndham's play is smart, sharp, and thought-provoking. His distinctive characters face moral choices, and respond to them in ways that will captivate and engage an audience. The playwright grabs your attention from the opening scene, and never lets go.
  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    1 Aug. 2015
    This play moves breathtakingly fast but still does a fine job of fully developing the characters and relationships. The pace sweeps you along and you genuinely get to understand the people, the story, and the achingly difficult choices they face.

Development History

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

Awards

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