OPEN

NYTimes Critics' Pick. Recently published with Dramatists Play Service, OPEN is a magic show without 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.  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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  • Cheryl Bear:
    7 Mar. 2021
    A beautiful, moving act of love that beats from the broken heart of grief in the most powerful way. Excellent.
  • Aaron Coleman:
    18 Dec. 2020
    Brilliantly imaginative! Crystal has written a piece that blends theatrical magic and illusion into a powerful tale of love and loss. The play presents a young woman who so thoroughly believes in magic that she uses the fantasy of it to cope with the realities of life. Written with deep humanity, the piece explores how we often deceive ourselves with emotional slights-of-hand. This is a serious piece, but not heavy. Crystal imbues it with her trademark energy, whimsy, and vibrant sense of play. Actor and director alike will have great fun exploring this wonderfully moving story.
  • Hayley St. James:
    30 Oct. 2020
    Heartbreaking, thrilling, romantic. Conjures emotion effortlessly. “Open” is a one-person theatrical magic act exploring love and grief that *must* be read or seen.

Character Information

  • The Magician
    Open ,
    open
    ,
    Female-identifying

Development History

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

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    AFO at The Tank
    ,
    2019
  • 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
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Ground Floor Residency
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Berkeley Rep
,
2016