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Bennett won't believe what his best friend and sister keep telling him: his girlfriend Nina is maybe a little toxic. And Bennett won't believe what Nina is telling him: that his best friend Jason has feelings for him. After a destructive but maybe accidental event, Bennett is stunned to discover that labels lose and love wins--if only someone other...
IN DEVELOPMENT: FEEDBACK WELCOME!!

Bennett won't believe what his best friend and sister keep telling him: his girlfriend Nina is maybe a little toxic. And Bennett won't believe what Nina is telling him: that his best friend Jason has feelings for him. After a destructive but maybe accidental event, Bennett is stunned to discover that labels lose and love wins--if only someone other than his plants will believe him.


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  • Stephen Kaplan:
    8 Jan. 2020
    A delightful mix of rom-com with the absurdity of talking plants - and all the pieces fit beautifully together. With completely relatable and recognizable characters (that actors would love to play) Hoke masterfully combines seemingly disparate genres and creates a moving, funny, and fully human story (including the plants!) that would work on any stage with any audience.
  • Mycah Artis:
    7 Jan. 2020
    I absolutely adore this play and the concept of the plants as humans / human-like and speaking / interacting throughout the play - it is so effective from the jump in DH's hands. All the characters and relationships feel palpably real - I know people like each of them and relationships like these, making this play feel very authentic and current. I really like the direction of the play and the exploration of sexuality throughout - the fluidity depicted is so refreshing! In classic DH fashion, the characters' flaws are examined with great care - just lovely.
  • Todd Fuller:
    2 Jan. 2020
    If Audrey II had grandchildren that wanted to get in on the acting game, this would be the play for them. In typical Donna Hoke form, she takes a comedic premise and injects it with such heart. I found myself caring more for the plant characters than their human costars. And I can't even keep a cactus alive. The possibilities on how to pull the staging off are endless and I love that the playwright trusts in stage companies to do what they do best

Character Information

  • BENNETT
    mid-thirties,
    Male
  • JASON
    Mid 20s to mid 30s,
    Male
    Bennett's best friend
  • NINA
    Early twenties to early thirties,
    Female
    Bennett's girlfriend
  • WENDY
    fortyish, about six or seven years older than Bennett,
    Female
    Bennett's sister
  • XYLER
    Plants are flexible, i.e. can be played with costumed actors, puppets, or voiced. Ideally, they are cast with queer actors/puppeteers. Actors voices should not be such that would encourage audiences to assign gender.
  • ANTHIS
    Plants are flexible, i.e. can be played with costumed actors, puppets, or voiced. Ideally, they are cast with queer actors/puppeteers. Actors voices should not be such that would encourage audiences to assign gender.