Ballast

(5W, 2M: including 1 trans woman and 1 trans man) What does it mean to love someone in a moment of great transition? Zoe dreams of flying—of escaping to new heights—while her wife, Grace, dreams of standing in a pulpit before a religious community that accepts her recent transition from male to female. 16-year-old Savannah dreams only of her first love, Xavier, who is coping with becoming a man. Meanwhile...
(5W, 2M: including 1 trans woman and 1 trans man) What does it mean to love someone in a moment of great transition? Zoe dreams of flying—of escaping to new heights—while her wife, Grace, dreams of standing in a pulpit before a religious community that accepts her recent transition from male to female. 16-year-old Savannah dreams only of her first love, Xavier, who is coping with becoming a man. Meanwhile Xavier is haunted by the nightmares he sees staring back at him from the mirror. Ballast tells the story of two relationships between transgender and cisgender partners, exploring not only the way gender influences our relationships, but also how gender seeps into our spirituality, our dreams, and even our ability to take flight.
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Ballast

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  • Ignition Arts:
    22 May. 2018
    A multi-layered exploration of transition - between sleep and waking, male and female, groundedness and flight. Poetic, peripatetic but still practical. Inclusive in scope and concisely packaged. A uniquely topical read.
  • Hallie Palladino:
    11 Sep. 2017
    Ballast is a beautiful play about marriage, love and self-preservation. All the characters are appealing and their stories converge around the theme of becoming one's true self. This play is exquisitely emotionally honest and thoughtfully composed. The complexity of the ideas presented is mirrored by the poetry of its language. And the subject matter is urgently important. It is a play about characters in transition but it manages not to be an issue play and remains at all times a powerful, character-driven story.
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:
    27 Apr. 2016
    It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Georgette Kelly and their play Ballast as a finalist for our 2016 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one of 54 finalists out of more than 1,450 submissions, the strength of its writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process. Our readers especially appreciated the use of dreamscapes as innovative storytelling.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Chicago Dramatists with About Face and ATC, dir. Megan Carney
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
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    Diversionary Theatre, Dir. Matt M. Morrow
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Mixed Blood Theatre, directed by Matt Morrow
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    The Alliance Theatre's Kendeda Readings at the LMDA Conference
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    The Alliance Theatre, Dir. Jasmine Guy (Finalist, Kendeda Prize)
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    TerraNOVA Collective, Dir. Hannah Wolf (Groundbreakers Playwrights Group)
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
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    TOSOS, Dir. Virginia Baeta (Chesley/Chambers Reading Series)
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Hunter College Playwrights Festival, Dir. Matt M. Morrow
    ,
    2013

Production History

  • Professional
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    Diversionary Theatre
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
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    CulturalDC's Source Festival (Workshop Production)
    ,
    2016

Awards

Winner
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Outstanding New Play
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Craig Noel Awards, San Diego
,
2017
Winner
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Venturous Capital Production Grant
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The Venturous Fund
,
2017
Finalist
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O'Neill Plawrights Conference
,
2016
Finalist
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The Lark Playwrights Week
,
2016
Selection
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The Kilroys List
,
2015
Finalist
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The Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Contest
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The Alliance Theatre
,
2014