Miss Keller Has No Second Book

*World Premiere Gulfshore Playhouse, March/April 2018
*Staged Reading at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, January 2019
*Staged Reading at New Jersey Repertory Company, March 2017
*Selection, 2016 Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival
*Finalist, 2017 Ashland New Play Festival
*Finalist, 2017 Local Lab 2017 New Play Festival (Boulder)
*Finalist, 2015-...
*World Premiere Gulfshore Playhouse, March/April 2018
*Staged Reading at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, January 2019
*Staged Reading at New Jersey Repertory Company, March 2017
*Selection, 2016 Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival
*Finalist, 2017 Ashland New Play Festival
*Finalist, 2017 Local Lab 2017 New Play Festival (Boulder)
*Finalist, 2015-2016 Route 66 Theatre Company New Play Workshop (Chicago)
*Semifinalist, 2016 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
*Semifinalist, 2016 PlayPenn New Play Development Conference
*Semifinalist, 2016 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship


It’s been nearly 50 years since the notoriously reclusive Agnes Keller published her first and only book. Now, in the wake of a life-changing event, Agnes must face the pressures from outside her small sanctuary as she grapples with the inevitability of change, the tangled tethers of family, and the question of an artist’s obligation to the world.
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Miss Keller Has No Second Book

Recommended by

  • Ellen Wittlinger:
    7 Jan. 2020
    This is a wonderful play with great characters, especially the two older women. Secrets are revealed at just the right moments, and crabby, demanding Agnes redeems and saves herself as she must. Lovely ending.
  • Jean Koppen:
    2 Jan. 2020
    What a terrific play! The dialogue is compelling. The characters leap off the page. The playwright skillfully tells you everything you need with out spelling out every little detail. A delightful read. It’s not hard to see why this play has gotten so many accolades. I highly recommend this for reading, for production, and as instruction to playwrights on how to do it right!
  • Matthew Weaver:
    22 Jun. 2018
    Irresistible! Hiett offers strong roles, particularly for two 70something actresses, and a story that feels like a classic. Nobody is completely right nor completely wrong in this tale of a Harper Lee-ish novelist, and the playwright resists resorting to the expected characterizations, favoring instead complicated, flawed heroines and heroes, which is infinitely more interesting and clever. As I read, I kept contacting local actresses in my area to let them know that this was simply a script they had to read. A powerhouse play for powerhouse performers ... rearrange your theatrical schedule to make room for a production, pronto.

Character Information

  • Agnes Keller
    70s,
    Any (but probably white, as it's Iowa)
    ,
    Female
    Sharp-tongued and smart.
  • Ramona Keller
    70s,
    Any (but probably white, as it's Iowa)
    ,
    Female
    Agnes' devoted sister and Jackson's mother.
  • Jackson Keller
    35,
    Any (but probably white, as it's Iowa)
    ,
    Male
    Rugged and road-weary. A recovered addict and Ramona's son.
  • Darryl Wasserman
    40,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Slick New York agent, eager to start a new chapter in his own career.
  • Katelyn Linden
    19,
    Any (but probably white, as it's Iowa)
    ,
    Female
    As smart as she is ambitious.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Writers Theatre of New Jersey
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    New Jersey Repertory Company
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Gulfshore Playhouse
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Gulfshore Playhouse
    ,
    2018

Awards

Finalist
,
Local Lab 2017 New Play Festival
,
Local Theater Company, Boulder
,
2017
Finalist
,
Ashland New Play Festival
,
2017
Semi-Finalist
,
O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
,
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
,
2016
Semi-Finalist
,
PlayPenn New Play Development Conference
,
PlayPenn
,
2016
Finalist
,
Route 66 Theatre Company New Play Workshop
,
Route 66 Theatre Company (Chicago)
,
2016
Semi-Finalist
,
Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship
,
Princess Grace Foundation-USA
,
2016
Selection
,
Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival
,
Gulfshore Playhouse
,
2016