Crying on Television

Four strangers; one apartment building; unlimited channels. After a chance meeting in the elevator of an apartment building, Mackenzie, a video editor, realizes that she’s seen Ellison somewhere before. Namely as a contestant on a reality dating show 10 years earlier. Struck by the girl she remembers from the decade-old clip, Mackenzie decides they should be friends and quickly gets caught up in an escalating...
Four strangers; one apartment building; unlimited channels. After a chance meeting in the elevator of an apartment building, Mackenzie, a video editor, realizes that she’s seen Ellison somewhere before. Namely as a contestant on a reality dating show 10 years earlier. Struck by the girl she remembers from the decade-old clip, Mackenzie decides they should be friends and quickly gets caught up in an escalating series of hijinks to make that happen in this platonic romcom. Mackenzie’s quest pulls in Chris, her brother’s ex who is doing his best to be a weird loner, Taffy, an amateur sleuth who never met a stranger, and Kenley, a praise and worship leader at Chris’ church who seems to have figured out life’s greatest mystery: how to make friends as an adult.
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Crying on Television

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    4 Jun. 2020
    CRYING ON TELEVISION is such a lovely and funny play about connection, friendship, and our human need for community. I loved it from page on, I laughed out loud and had to fight back tears more than once. A heartwarming and endearing play that would bring in audiences in theaters across the country. Thomas' writing feels like being with your best friend(s) and just laughing your asses off together the whole time. Read and produce this play, please and thank you.
  • David Hansen:
    26 Apr. 2020
    This is a heart-warming story of a cadre of folks who (may or may not) live in the same New York City apartment, but rub each other the wrong way in a genuine attempt for connection in the place where they live. Each character is searching for their version of Prince Charming, who could be love but may also be a real friend. The script is very witty, the dialgoue had me laughing out loud, and, at one terribly awkward party, ever farce-adjacent. It's a sweet piece and I would love to see a production. Highly recommended!
  • John Bavoso:
    10 Mar. 2020
    A laugh-out-loud comedy that also has a lot to say about friendship, community, and how difficult it can be to connect with others. As someone who also lives in an apartment building in which I have astutely managed to meet no one for years, reading this play almost actually made me rethink that—but only if my neighbors turn out to be as witty and idiosyncratic as R. Eric Thomas characters. I can’t wait to see this script come to life on stage!

Character Information

  • Taffy
    30s-40s,
    Black
    ,
    woman
    The membership director of a private club. Also an amateur sleuth. And, most of all, happy to be here.
  • Mackenzie
    30s,
    Black
    ,
    woman
    A video editor. Probably too smart for her job cutting videos for a pop culture site she would never read, but she likes it. She really, really loves TV.
  • Kenley
    20-40s,
    White
    ,
    woman
    A volunteer praise and worship leader at a congregation called UnChurch.
  • Ellison
    30s,
    Black
    ,
    woman
    Your favorite realtor. Ellison is the kind of person who, when selling you a property, makes you think that it will bring her deep joy to know that you'll live a long, happy life within those walls. And maybe it will.
  • Chris
    30s-40s,
    Black
    ,
    Man
    A costume designer. Chris is probably an introvert but tells people he's not.

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