Abigail, For Now

FULL LENGTH. WIP, currently being revised.
Everyone wants what's best for Abigail. That's why, after she shares her secret - that she is an extraterrestrial - she is immediately admitted to a psychiatric ward for adolescents. While there, Abigail finds herself reluctantly learning more about being human while still remaining true to who she really is inside.
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Abigail, For Now

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  • 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!
  • Doug DeVita:
    28 Jan. 2020
    This play is truly magical; that doesn't mean it's light and fluffy – it's not. It's quite serious in its depiction of teen angst and the desire to live a different life than the one given by whatever higher powers there may be. But Abigail IS different, and her longing to return to her sense of normal is palpable and drives the play forward with a touching depth of emotion. And the magic comes in Martin's ability to enchant readers (and inevitably, audiences) with a suspension of disbelief that also keeps one questioning from beginning to end. Wondrous.

Character Information

  • ABIGAIL
    15,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • RONNIE
    40s-50s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • JAY
    40s-50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Abigail's father.
  • DR. BAYLOR
    40s or older,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Gender identity could be updated with permission and input 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
    15-16,
    Any
    ,
    Male
  • JEN
    16-17,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • NAOMI
    14-15,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • SHAWN
    14-17,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    written male but could be flexible.
  • SARAI
    14-17,
    Any
    ,
    Female

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Play Reading Co-Op (Virtual)
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Norwood Stage Arts Alumni Association
    ,
    2019