The Robertassey (Roberta's odyssey)

Things aren't looking great for Roberta Mahoney, who is turning forty, and recently lost her job at Macy’s. Also, her alcoholic veterinarian father, Dr. Hiker Mahoney, just died. The man caused her nothing but shame, and now he’s dead which should be the end of it. Except it’s not. Hiker wants his ashes scattered in a Dublin lake, near the place of his birth. He moves heaven and earth to make it happen...
Things aren't looking great for Roberta Mahoney, who is turning forty, and recently lost her job at Macy’s. Also, her alcoholic veterinarian father, Dr. Hiker Mahoney, just died. The man caused her nothing but shame, and now he’s dead which should be the end of it. Except it’s not. Hiker wants his ashes scattered in a Dublin lake, near the place of his birth. He moves heaven and earth to make it happen. Including sending Roberta on an odyssey to Dublin and beyond. Or maybe that’s not the story. Maye this is a story about a woman turning forty who doesn’t know who she is or where she belongs. Or is this just a simple tale about what happens when the airline loses Roberta’s suitcase with her father’s ashes inside.
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The Robertassey (Roberta's odyssey)

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  • James McLindon:
    19 Apr. 2019
    Anything Kathleen writes is a delight and this play is no exception. Charm, dry wit, and poignancy: What more can one ask for?
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    6 Mar. 2019
    I would be so excited to see this play in production. It's poetic and lyrical, and the magic threaded throughout is to die for. A play about loss and trauma, and how and if we can (or should) separate the trauma caused by loved ones after we lose them.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    6 Mar. 2019
    I was able to see a wonderfully directed staged reading of this play at the Ivoryton Playhouse's Women's Playwright Initiative. Cahill's delightful comedy weaves past and present, dancing between two continents with such ease, her bright humor accented with moments of poignancy, the weight of memory and moving forward. This play resonates with audiences - the crowd at the Ivoryton just loved it - and will offer creative teams so much room to explore and shape all its comic possibilities. Cahill is a master of comedic set-up and delivers enthralling, accessible language throughout. She makes it look easy! Highly recommend.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Salt Lake Acting Company
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    2019
  • Workshop
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    Women's New Play Festival, Ivoryton Theatre
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    2019