Prepared

A teenage boy has closed himself off to the world, opting for only computer games, darkened windows, and a steady diet of homeschooled lessons from his survivalist mother, Lydia. His gradual estrangement from his father and brother – coupled with Lydia’s loosening grip on reality – creates a dangerous atmosphere of fear and isolation at home. A series of events push mother and son to a breaking point, testing...
A teenage boy has closed himself off to the world, opting for only computer games, darkened windows, and a steady diet of homeschooled lessons from his survivalist mother, Lydia. His gradual estrangement from his father and brother – coupled with Lydia’s loosening grip on reality – creates a dangerous atmosphere of fear and isolation at home. A series of events push mother and son to a breaking point, testing their delicate alliance like never before.

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Prepared

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  • Tori Keenan-Zelt:
    28 Oct. 2015
    I don't know why this play hasn't been produced everywhere. This play is an intimate, heartbreaking exploration of the self-destructive power that fear has, more and more, in our culture. It refuses to flatten a destructive young man into a 'monster' or his mother into a victim. We need to be looking closer.
  • David Hilder:
    1 Jul. 2015
    A scary look at a scary contemporary reality. Gave me shivers.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Hunter College MFA Playwriting Festival (New York)
    ,
    2015

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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Primary Stages at Kean University
,
2016
Winner
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Rita and Burton Goldberg Award
,
Hunter College
,
2015
Semi-Finalist
,
PlayPenn Annual Conference
,
2015
Honorable Mention
,
The Kilroys List
,
2015