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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  • Jordan Ramirez Puckett:
    6 Jun. 2020
    I had the chance to see this monologue performed at Ohio University and it blew me away. "Rights Restored" employs Olivia Matthews' patent humor to tell a story that is full of heart. I hope that this monologue gets performed all around the country, especially as we move into election season.
  • 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.

Character Information

  • Gina
    Late 20s, early 30s,
    person of color, Any race but not white
    ,
    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
    ,
    Ohio University Midnight Madness
    ,
    2018

Production History

  • Professional
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    Fade to Black
    ,
    2019