The Lucky Ones

Vanessa and Janie are best friends… until a devastating diagnosis forces them to consider what that friendship means and how much it matters. Vanessa is sick, and she’s getting sicker, while Janie is embarking on a new love affair. As Janie tries to balance her role as a caretaker with her dreams for her own future, the cracks in the friendship begin to emerge. An exploration of aging, mortality, and the...
Vanessa and Janie are best friends… until a devastating diagnosis forces them to consider what that friendship means and how much it matters. Vanessa is sick, and she’s getting sicker, while Janie is embarking on a new love affair. As Janie tries to balance her role as a caretaker with her dreams for her own future, the cracks in the friendship begin to emerge. An exploration of aging, mortality, and the value and complexity of female friendship in a patriarchal society.
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The Lucky Ones

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    26 Nov. 2019
    The strength of this play for me lies in the unsaid, the spaces left for our imagination. It’s devastating to imagine your best (and only?) friend getting cancer, and the things Romero leaves unsaid gives so much for her actors, a director, and an audience to dig into. I related to all the characters, I feel like I’ve been both of these women. It was refreshing to read a story about friendship. There’s also a lot of fun imagery and spectacle for designers to play with. Highly recommend for reading and producing.
  • Ruth Zamoyta:
    7 Jul. 2019
    Tender and realistic portrait of a friendship between two women, its demands, and its limits.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    20 Jun. 2019
    What a joy to read! This script had me both laughing aloud and tearing up in alternating turns. This transcends the genre of "cancer play" to be a truthful and human exploration of friendship. I love how it poses questions about the evolving role of friends in one's life over time, and the poignant statements it makes about the lack of words and tropes we have to capture the navigation of major life changes between friends. Vanessa and Janie are hilariously real and nuanced, and the use of the shape-shifting third actor embraces overt theatricality with panache.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Writers' Theatre of New Jersey
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
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    The Brooklyn Generator
    ,
    2018

Production History

  • Professional
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    Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
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    2019

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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New Play Festival
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Premiere Stages at Kean University
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2019
Finalist
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O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
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Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
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2019