In Other Gardens

Francis makes intricate plans to steal the moon for the lady next door. With her birthday approaching, the other woman runs out of time to grow a family and her husband has violently warned her of the consequences. Francis works adamantly to concoct a lunar trap as a token of his blind and hopeless love. Meanwhile, Autumn adheres to her husband’s antics, watching him slip further away from her and from reality...
Francis makes intricate plans to steal the moon for the lady next door. With her birthday approaching, the other woman runs out of time to grow a family and her husband has violently warned her of the consequences. Francis works adamantly to concoct a lunar trap as a token of his blind and hopeless love. Meanwhile, Autumn adheres to her husband’s antics, watching him slip further away from her and from reality. After the death of their daughter, Francis has lost his sense of self and Autumn has lost him. His effort to forget being challenged by her effort to make him remember. Shadowed by the disturbing images of the couple next door and the memories of their own young romance, Autumn and Francis learn how the growth of love survives loss.
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In Other Gardens

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  • Shaun Leisher:
    4 May. 2020
    This play absolutely took my breath away. It’s a domestic puzzle that doesn’t even get close to being solved until the very end. It’s a delight to follow all the threads and clues while also just letting these compelling characters expose themselves. Hill has created a play that is begging for artists to come and experiment. So many possibilities to interpret this work of art.

Character Information

  • Woman/Autumn
    40s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Patient, in every possible way. Sees a lot of it. Holding on to all the threads.
  • Man/Francis
    40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Mad, in every possible way. Nose that runs frequently. Pays very little mind.
  • Younger Woman
    20s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Covered in dirt.
  • Younger Man
    20s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Looking for it.
  • Other Woman
    50,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Drained. Unworldly. Can smile and cry at the same time.
  • Other Man
    40s,
    Any (but probably white)
    ,
    Male
    A blow torch in plaid. More in love than angry. But, still angry.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    University of Connecticut
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    University of Connecticut
    ,
    2016