OPEN

"Kristen, the narrator and sole character of Crystal Skillman’s new play “Open,” at the Tank, executes magic tricks because she is the one who needs to believe. The miracle this lovely show pulls out is that by the end, she does — and so do we." -- NYT Critics Pick

OPEN is receiving it's WORLD PREMIERE in JUNE 2019 will All for One Theatre in a Co-Production at the Tank.
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"Kristen, the narrator and sole character of Crystal Skillman’s new play “Open,” at the Tank, executes magic tricks because she is the one who needs to believe. The miracle this lovely show pulls out is that by the end, she does — and so do we." -- NYT Critics Pick

OPEN is receiving it's WORLD PREMIERE in JUNE 2019 will All for One Theatre in a Co-Production at the Tank.

Open is a magic show with no magic. A woman called The Magician seems to pantomime a myriad of tricks, but her act reveals she is attempting the impossible—to save the life of her lover, Jenny.  And yet, is it possible that the more we believe in their love, the more The Magician's illusions are actually becoming real? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and as impossible as it may seem, this Magician’s magic act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate. 
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OPEN

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    29 Aug. 2019
    How I wish I had seen this live! And I will for sure rush out if I am ever given the opportunity. A beautiful play that puts the audience in the story in a such a compelling way. And what a love story! This would be a fantastic challenge for an actor, a director, and all designers involved. So creative, and so much possibility. I highly recommend!
  • Beth Bauler:
    4 Aug. 2019
    Gut-wrenching and tender, OPEN masterfully uses a magician’s tricks to symbolically tell a story of love and vulnerability. Each trick in the magician’s repertoire signifies an important moment in her life and relationship, carrying us through a delicate story of what it means to open yourself up to others and - perhaps more perilously - to be honest with ourselves. Crystal has written an arresting play that gives a lot of room for the creative team to dive into how they tell this important story which reminds audiences of the beauty, vulnerability, and magic of everyday life.
  • Gina Femia:
    17 Jun. 2019
    Open is a stirring, exciting, breathtaking and deeply moving piece of theater. The play is brilliantly written, Crystal at her finest, we're clearly watching a master writer at work, not only technically perfect but with her heart left on every word. I've seen a lot of plays about magic, that use the metaphor of storytelling and theater as magic, but i don't think I've ever seen it as expertly or successfully executed than in this play. Read and produce this play as far as the eye can see!

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Rattlestick/New Georges/Red Fern
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    All For One Solo Theater Company Upcoming Project Development Residency
    ,
    2016

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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Resident Artist Program
,
Mabou Mines'
,
2016
Semi-Finalist
,
Ground Floor Residency
,
Berkeley Rep
,
2016