The Mourner

Finalist, Bay Area Playwrights' Festival, 2019
Finalist, PlayPenn Conference, 2019
Semi-Finalist, Princess Grace Award, 2019

[Full-length] Reema comes to Glade Family Funeral Home and Cemetery with an unusual request: she wants to bury the body of her cousin, the perpetrator of a subway bombing that left dozens injured and several dead. Eleanor, the funeral home owner, refuses...
Finalist, Bay Area Playwrights' Festival, 2019
Finalist, PlayPenn Conference, 2019
Semi-Finalist, Princess Grace Award, 2019

[Full-length] Reema comes to Glade Family Funeral Home and Cemetery with an unusual request: she wants to bury the body of her cousin, the perpetrator of a subway bombing that left dozens injured and several dead. Eleanor, the funeral home owner, refuses, and the two women are thrown into a struggle over the fate of the body that draws in Reema's mother Sana, Eleanor's apprentice Adam, and the wider community as prejudice, denial and buried secrets are unearthed. THE MOURNER is a loose adaptation of Antigone inspired by real events following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
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The Mourner

Character Information

  • Reema
    Early 20s,
    Arab American
    ,
    Female
    A young Muslim Arab American woman. Wears hijab. Brave, firm in her convictions, resolute to the point of obstinacy.
  • Eleanor
    Late 40s/early 50s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Owner of a small family-run funeral home and cemetery. Not quite as empathetic as she believes herself to be.
  • Adam
    Early 20s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Apprentice at Eleanor’s funeral home. Socially awkward; a bit on the nerdy side. Has a pragmatic view of death
  • Sana
    40s,
    Arab American
    ,
    Female
    Mother of Reema. Immigrated to the U.S. in her 20s. Stopped wearing hijab after 9/11.
  • Terry
    60s+,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Eccentric county Coroner. Has a dry, morbid sense of humor and an affinity for birds.

Development History

Awards

Finalist
,
PlayPenn Conference
,
PlayPenn
,
2019
Finalist
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
Playwrights Foundation
,
2019
Semi-Finalist
,
Princess Grace Award
,
Princess Grace Foundation
,
2019