Rights Restored (a monologue)

Rights Restored follows Gina as she tries to convince a voting precinct worker to take a full body shot of her with her new voting sticker so she can post it on Instagram... And Tinder, of course. ;)

Inspired by Florida's passing of Amendment 4, or the Second Chances Act.
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Rights Restored (a monologue)

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  • Susan Westfall:
    16 Apr. 2019
    I really like this tiny play and the big news it reflects, and that the playwright is responding so quickly to the voting situation in Florida. Which is its own story. I like how Liv deals with the exposition Gina shares through her dialogue, and that she has created such a believable young character - a character who is a character with a wonderful heart.
  • Sharai Bohannon:
    16 Apr. 2019
    This monologue gives us so much life and character as it navigates it's way around voting rights, the flawed justice system, second chances, civic pride, the feeling of "how much does my vote count in this screwed system," all of the years people of color lose for small infractions that non-POCs would never even get community service for, and so much more. I am obsessed with Matthews voice and ability to give us so much in so few pages.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    16 Jan. 2019
    Who doesn't love a voting sticker? This monologue is so funny, and pointed. I love how direct Matthews makes it, there's such a clear drive to it. You also learn a ton about Gina in the brief time we have with her, and it never feels like exposition. The comedy is punctuated by a couple of sobering moments in the script, and the two tones play off one another beautifully. Really well done.

Character Information

  • Gina
    Late 20s, early 30s,
    person of color, Any race but not white
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    Female-identifying, woman
    It is important that this role is played by a woman of color. In the original reading of this piece, the actress was Latinx.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Ohio University Midnight Madness
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    2018