The Violet Sisters

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pam comes home to Brooklyn to attend her father’s funeral. When she arrives, she is greeted by an angry sister, a dilapidated house and a past that she can’t escape. Despite all of her best intentions, the conversation quickly turns tense and the two sisters are forced to deal with all that they have let slip away, all the words that have been left unsaid for years. A two-person...
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pam comes home to Brooklyn to attend her father’s funeral. When she arrives, she is greeted by an angry sister, a dilapidated house and a past that she can’t escape. Despite all of her best intentions, the conversation quickly turns tense and the two sisters are forced to deal with all that they have let slip away, all the words that have been left unsaid for years. A two-person, one set, real time play, The Violet Sisters is a play about forgiving when you cannot bring yourself to forget.

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The Violet Sisters

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  • Darcy Parker Bruce:
    24 Apr. 2019
    I loved this play. I loved living in the world of these two sisters struggling to connect to one another and failing spectacularly. A remarkable two-hander that feels intimate and desperate in all the right ways. Gina's attention to details that fill a piece with meaning is also particularly strong. Such a wonderful and satisfying play.
  • Quinn Xavier Hernandez:
    15 Mar. 2019
    Wow! Such a powerhouse of a play! Gina Femia has woven such intricate and rich details into the tapestries that are her characters. And her stage directions are so incredibly on point. THE VIOLET SISTERS is a true delight and on my directing bucket list. Someone produce it and let me be in that room!
  • David Charles:
    11 Mar. 2019
    "The Violet Sisters" is tour-de-force, intimate look into the lives of two estranged sisters forced together in the wake of tragedy. Gina Femia has expertly crafted complex characters, and does a fantastic job of portraying the relationship between two siblings. Femia does an especially excellent job in bringing attention to the impact of natural disaster that was Hurricane Sandy on the five boroughs of New York City. It is remarkable that the playwright is able to pack all of these topics seamlessly into a 90-minute play. Cannot recommend enough.

Character Information

  • Sam
    mid-30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A true Brooklynite through and through, she’s lived there and hasn’t left her whole life. Tough and sarcastic, deeply hurt and vulnerable.
  • Pam
    early 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Very LA. Professional, efficient, sharp in tone and demeanor. Driven, tough.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Project Y Theatre
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Women's Theatre Festival of North Carolina
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Best of Occupy The Space, Women's Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Urbanite Theatre's Modern Works Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    The Bridge Initiative
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    The Lark
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Great Plains Theatre Conference
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Lather, Rinse, Repeat: A Playwright's Collective
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    New York Madness
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Emory College
    ,
    2019
  • University
    ,
    Middlebury College
    ,
    2018

Awards

Finalist
,
Modern Works
,
The Urbanite
,
2018
Finalist
,
Artemisia Playwrights Festival
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
,
SPACE on Ryder Farm
,
2017
Finalist
,
NEWvember
,
2015
Finalist
,
Panndora's Box
,
2015