Persephone

Selected for Heartland Theatre's 10-Min Play Festival, Lowell Arts' Playbytes by Playwrights, The Hive Collaborative's The Ten Show. Published in THE BEST NEW TEN-MINUTE PLAYS 2019.

(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

Recommended by

  • Dave Osmundsen:
    22 Aug. 2020
    SUCH a beautiful play that is emotionally resonant and theatrical. The final moments are stunning.
  • Maximillian Gill:
    22 Aug. 2020
    This play feels so much bigger than its short length. The themes of loss and renewal, the fully rounded characters--each with their own arcs--the mythic layer, all are packed into a piece that takes us on an emotionally rich and rewarding journey in a short span of time. What O'Grady is able to achieve here is simply astonishing.
  • John Bavoso:
    22 Aug. 2020
    This is a beautifully poignant play about how our relationships transcend death and the need for the living to go on. O'Grady has created such well-rounded, authentic characters within a world of the supernatural, all within 10 pages. Highly recommended!

Character Information

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

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Spark Creative Works
    ,
    2020

Production History

  • University
    ,
    El Camino College, Torrance, CA
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Lowell Arts Theater, Lowell, MI
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Heartland Theatre Company, Normal, IL
    ,
    2018

Awards

Winner
,
Playbytes by Playwrights Ten-Minute Play Contest
,
Lowell Arts Theater
,
2019
Winner
,
The Ten Show
,
The Hive Collaborative
,
2019
Selection
,
Publication, The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2019
,
Applause Theater & Cinema Books
,
2019
Winner
,
10-Minute Play Contest
,
Heartland Theatre Company
,
2018