Paper Cranes

Mona is a recent widow obsessed with the Japanese ritual of folding origami cranes as she grieves the loss of her beloved husband. Mona's teenage daughter, Maddie, is struggling with the demands of her bereft mother and her sexual identity, and begins a romantic relationship with an older woman named Julie. Meanwhile, Julie's best friend, Amy, has begun an intense S&M relationship with a man who...
Mona is a recent widow obsessed with the Japanese ritual of folding origami cranes as she grieves the loss of her beloved husband. Mona's teenage daughter, Maddie, is struggling with the demands of her bereft mother and her sexual identity, and begins a romantic relationship with an older woman named Julie. Meanwhile, Julie's best friend, Amy, has begun an intense S&M relationship with a man who is guarding a dark secret. From there, the stories of these five people intertwine, revealing the lasting scars of grief and the desire to be loved.

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Paper Cranes

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  • David Hansen:
    19 Apr. 2020
    This is such a warm and tender play, full of grief and longing. Bentley-Quinn has crafted a sextet of inter-twined relationships; loving, decent characters. A testament to the paths of grief and and the inevitability of change, and the hope that we can understand and survive the need to move forward into an uncertain future. This is a script which deserves continued production. Highly recommended!
  • Mark Loewenstern:
    7 Mar. 2018
    Highly recommend this poignant play! Just reading it was a thrill.

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Packawallop Productions
    ,
    2011

Awards

Finalist
,
Emerging Writers Group
,
The Public Theatre
,
2012
Semi-Finalist
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
2012
Finalist
,
Writing Fellows
,
The Playwrights Realm
,
2011
Semi-Finalist
,
Princess Grace Award
,
2011