Persephone

Selected for The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2019, The Hive Collaborative's The Ten Show, LowellArts Theater's Playbytes by Playwrights and Heartland Theatre Co's Ten-Minute Play Festival

(10 Min) A modern riff on the myth of Persephone, forced to live in the underworld. This Persephone returns to give her small child an unusual gift--a new mom.
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Persephone

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  • Jean Koppen:
    19 Mar. 2020
    This is a touching play on dealing with grief and loss. Inspired by the myth of Persephone, it's contemporary and eternal. This is the best use of theater, connecting us together by the experiences that we share through the story of these four people. At the end I cried and smiled at the same time. I love that.
  • David Beardsley:
    21 Feb. 2020
    Persephone is a poignant play about grief, and the conflict one feels about getting on with life (or in the title character's case, with death) after a terrible loss. The writing is beautiful and thought-provoking, and O'Grady strikes just the right balance between showing her characters beginning to heal while also acknowledging that they will never heal fully. Life goes on, but it's never the same.
  • Kendra Augustin:
    27 Nov. 2019
    A funny and sweet play on love, loss, and moving on. Persephone, the character, has such a strong clear voice I'm always eager to hear her commentary. I also love how in such a short piece we move through time and get to see what happens next.

Character Information

  • Persephone
    30s.
    Deceased.
  • Laurence
    30s.
    Her husband.
  • Ellen
    30s.
    Her friend.
  • Jill
    60s.
    Her mother.

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Lowell Arts
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Heartland Theatre Company
    ,
    2018

Awards

Selection
,
The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2019
,
Applause Acting Editions
,
2019
Winner
,
Playbytes by Playwrights
,
Lowell Arts
,
2019
Selection
,
The Ten Show
,
The Hive Collaborative
,
2019
Winner
,
10-Minute Play Contest
,
Heartland Theatre Company
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
,
Pick of the Vine Festival
,
Little Fish Theatre