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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  • Jeff Perlman:
    23 Mar. 2021
    Beautifully written
  • Alyssa Haddad:
    23 Mar. 2021
    A beautifully written, stunning and honest depiction of coming of age and love. I was absolutely captivated through the entire read.
  • Vince Gatton:
    14 Mar. 2021
    Absolutely gorgeous. The frictions between these four terrific characters are made all the more poignant by the understanding and compassion Audrey Lang brings to each of their perspectives. The yearning romantic hope that drives her teen protagonists jumps off the page, as do their flaws and failings; and the frustrations and needs of a younger sister and supposedly wicked stepmother are given no less weight and care. With dialogue that’s both solidly realistic and endlessly expressive, this wonderfully humane story masterfully evokes all the feelings it aims for, and then some. Brava.

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 New Works Nite
    ,
    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
,
Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award
,
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
,
2021
Finalist
,
21st Century Voices New Play Festival
,
,
2020