Miss Keller Has No Second Book

*World Premiere Gulfshore Playhouse, March/April 2018
*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)
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*World Premiere Gulfshore Playhouse, March/April 2018
*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

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  • 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.
  • Stephanie Alison Walker:
    1 Jan. 2018
    Complex and lovable characters, humor grounded in truth, a full and tactile world... this play has all of that and Hiett's signature wit. Again, Hiett tackles weighty subjects such as grief and addiction with a deft and surprising hand. It was a joy to read from beginning to end. I just love her characters and these two old broads are wonderful roles for older female actors to play.

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