You Have To Promise

[PRIDE PLAYS 2020!] Seventeen-year-olds Maeve and Nessa have been best friends their entire lives. Three months ago, they discovered what they had was more than a friendship. When they decide to come out to their families together, Nessa's father kicks her out and the girls scramble to come up with a solution, all the while lying to Maeve's stepmother Rachael and trying to dream their way to being grown-up.
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You Have To Promise

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    21 Jun. 2020
    A beautiful play that explores so many intricate and well-rendered people and connections! Maeve and Nessa's relationship is painted here with a fine brush that honors their intelligence and individuality as humans, interrogates the relationship's strengths and limitations, and honors their obstacles while focusing on queer hope vs. tragedy. I appreciated the representation of multiple parental responses to their queer teens coming out, and the centering of healthy action steps in the face of adverse circumstances. This is a piece that should be read/consumed/performed by and for young folks (though it would also resonate with all ages). Wonderful!
  • Shaun Leisher:
    15 Jun. 2020
    A play that truly deserves to be in the high school theatre canon. It's just so honest in its depiction of foung love and parental struggles. Lang treats the lives of these seventeen year old with the seriousness and respect they deserve and how she allows the parent figure to not have her shit together at all times was so beautiful. PRODUCE THIS PLAY!!!
  • Michael Tricca:
    15 Jun. 2020
    You Have To Promise is an achingly beautiful piece, one in which the love the characters hold for each other radiates in every moment and glows in every silence. The dialogue is insightful and poignant; Lang has a way of making every word each character says, and everything they don't say, draw you in and capture your attention.
    Structurally, the play moves in a way which beguiles its audience with its turns. I was somehow thankful for the remote viewing; it let me gasp as loudly as I wanted in despair and cheer even louder in joy. Don't miss this.

Character Information

  • Maeve
    17,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Nessa
    17,
    Cuban-American
    ,
    Female-identifying
    Maeve's best friend and more recently, girlfriend.
  • Darcy
    8,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female-identifying
    Maeve's half-sister.
  • Rachael
    late 30s to mid 40s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female-identifying
    Maeve's stepmother and Darcy's mother.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Actors’ Rep, Dir. Savannah Whetsell
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    Pride Plays, Dir. Jenna Worsham
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    New York City, Dir. Rachael Langton
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Ithaca College, Dir. Rachael Langton
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Ithaca College, Dir. Rachael Langton
    ,
    2017

Awards

Finalist
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21st Century Voices New Play Festival
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2020