When We Fall

7.7 billion people on earth and everyone is lonely. Perhaps. Trina definitely is, even though tonight is her birthday and she’s going to party like it’s 1982. But when Andrew and Clare turn up as Superman and Little Bo Peep, the ache of loneliness fills the night. Even Dalir senses it from the roof top, somewhere between London and Pakistan, and now he has to do something about it.

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7.7 billion people on earth and everyone is lonely. Perhaps. Trina definitely is, even though tonight is her birthday and she’s going to party like it’s 1982. But when Andrew and Clare turn up as Superman and Little Bo Peep, the ache of loneliness fills the night. Even Dalir senses it from the roof top, somewhere between London and Pakistan, and now he has to do something about it.

A new play about learning to fly, telling stories, and finding friendship in unexpected places.
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When We Fall

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  • Nick Jonczak:
    11 Jul. 2020
    WHEN WE FALL feels as intimate as it does dangerous. Gibson's skillful use of the rooftop and bathroom establish an ever-present sense of foreboding and quiet menace that draws me into the space and into the lives of these characters. Her acute sense of rhythm make Trina, Clare, Andrew, and Dalir feel familiar and somehow undiscovered -like I might never learn all of their secrets. In the end I'm left with a kind of painful hope that feels true to our world, which adds to the grounding magic of this play.
  • Kitchen Dog Theater:
    22 May. 2020
    We are pleased to support this play! It was a Finalist for the 2020 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas.
  • Premiere Stages at Kean University:
    3 Mar. 2020
    Premiere Stages is pleased to recognize “When We Fall” by Emma Gibson as a semifinalist for the 2020 Premiere Play Festival. “When We Fall” rose through a competitive selection process conducted by Premiere staff and a panel of outside theatre professionals to become one of 26 semifinalists out of 939 submissions. The panel was particularly impressed by the use of the stars and the roof as metaphor for escapism, and the way that the characters speak candidly about the struggles of getting older and feeling lonely is done in a gentle and honest way. Our congratulations and thanks to Emma.

Development History

  • Reading
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    PlayPenn
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    2020

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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New Play Festival
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Premiere Stages at Kean University
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2020
Finalist
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New play development conference
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PlayPenn
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2020