Apple Season

Lissie and her brother, Roger, fled their family farm when they were both still in high school. Today, they've come back for their father's funeral. When Billy -- who they both knew when they were kids -- offers to buy the farm, it sets all three of them tumbling down a rabbit hole of memory and grief, as they try to let go of a tangled past that refuses to let go of them.
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Apple Season

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  • Aleks Merilo:
    17 Mar. 2020
    “I don’t know if there is an away from here.” In APPLE SEASON, Lewis has created a world that is both comforting and dangerous. Time passes and recedes before our eyes while the secrets of a violent and haunted past are slowly revealed. Lewis has an ear for dialogue that is both natural and poetic. The characters are heartfelt and vulnerable without being sentimental, and we are left with a sense of mystery that leaves us wanting more. The magical realism creates a rare theatricality, especially in moments where actors move through decades before our eyes. Another wonderful play.
  • Ross Tedford Kendall:
    5 Aug. 2019
    Poignant drama about familial bonds, rekindling love, and ghosts of the past. Playwright E.M. Lewis has a love for language and it comes through in this play.
  • National New Play Network:
    22 May. 2019
    APPLE SEASON by E.M. Lewis is receiving an NNPN Rolling World Premiere. Partnering theaters are New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch), Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA) and Moving Arts (Los Angeles, CA).

Character Information

  • Mary Elizabeth Fogerty (Lissie)
    34,
    Female
    A fourth grade teacher. Wears blue jeans and tennis shoes and a tank top, and a button-down shirt.
  • Will Rizzell (Billy)
    36,
    Male
    A farmer. Wears blue jeans and boots and a faded t-shirt and a John Deere ball cap, and glasses that make him look vaguely scholarly, despite everything else.
  • Roger Eugene Fogerty
    36,
    Male
    A cowboy, who lives and works on a large ranch in Wyoming. Wears blue jeans and worn boots and a flannel shirt and a ball cap that is falling apart with wear. Always has an old leather satchel with him.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Women Playwrights Initiative at Ivoryton Playhouse
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Theater 33 at Willamette University
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Playfest Santa Barbara
    ,
    2013

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Moving Arts
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    New Jersey Repertory Theater
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Riverside Theater
    ,
    2019

Awards

Selection
,
Rolling World Premiere
,
National New Play Network
,
2019