Abigail, For Now

FULL LENGTH. Recently revised. *One act version adapted for middle school/high school performance or festivals available upon request.

Her name is Abigail. But only while she's here.

Teenaged Abigail is found by her parents in the middle of the woods, frantically trying to leave Earth to go back home where she claims she belongs. It's enough to convince them that her...
FULL LENGTH. Recently revised. *One act version adapted for middle school/high school performance or festivals available upon request.

Her name is Abigail. But only while she's here.

Teenaged Abigail is found by her parents in the middle of the woods, frantically trying to leave Earth to go back home where she claims she belongs. It's enough to convince them that her recent erratic behavior comes down to more than just puberty, and they check her into a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. Abigail, angry and afraid that she'll never go home, reluctantly begins to connect with her fellow residents. While her parents and doctors struggle to understand her, Abigail learns more about being human than she ever could have done by simply studying them from afar.
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Abigail, For Now

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  • Steven Strafford:
    27 Feb. 2021
    At turns difficult, touching, funny, and unsettling. This piece asks us to live in an uncomfortable place of not knowing..and I loved that feeling! Hope this play is added to many seasons!
  • Emily McClain:
    22 Jan. 2021
    Adolescence can be alienating all on its own, but Martin injects the metaphor with a beautiful energy in this ensemble-driven story. Abigail's journey to make connections with the other "troubled teens" is engaging, despite her unwillingness to interact as a human. When Abigail finally opens up and speaks her truth, it's much less otherworldly than we expect. The play ends with a truly phenomenal visual bang! Brilliant work!
  • David Hansen:
    24 Apr. 2020
    Martin has crafted an unsettling fable of a teenage girl who has come to believe in a reality everyone knows to be false. Her parents are sympathetic, they are real. There are no simple answers, there is no ah-ha moment when some dark secret is made evident, we are left in the dark to wonder, as they do, what has happened to Abigail? It is a brilliant metaphor for being adolescent, and also for what it is like, as a parent, to feel helpless in the face of inevitable change. Or is it a metaphor? Regardless, it's exceptional. Highly recommended!

Character Information

  • ABIGAIL
    teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • RONNIE
    40s-50s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • JAY
    40s-50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Abigail's father.
  • DR. BAYLOR
    40s or older,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Written with he/him pronouns but this can be changed without permission from the playwright.
  • MARTA
    late 30s or older,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Gender identity could be changed with permission and input from the playwright. Some rewrites would need to occur.
  • AUSTIN
    teens,
    Any
    ,
    Male
  • JEN
    teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • NAOMI
    teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • SHAWN
    teens,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    written male but could be flexible.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Play Incubation Collective (formerly The Play Reading Co-op)
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    Sandbox Student Productions
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    The Play Reading Co-Op (Virtual)
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Norwood Stage Arts Alumni Association
    ,
    2019