Persephone

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

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  • Larry Rinkel:
    13 Apr. 2020
    Do not expect a literal re-telling of the Persephone myth, with the heroine spending six months for eternity in the underworld and six on earth. Instead it is a tale where the deceased Persephone guides her best friend and her widowed husband to a new beginning for both them and her little boy Sam. It is a story of hope and renewal, with beautiful language and touching characterizations. Persephone may never return to the land of the living, but Ellen and Laurence will carry on. If only, that is, Persephone can get her comically annoying mother out of the way.
  • 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.

Character Information

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

Production History

  • University
    ,
    El Camino Community College
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Lowell Arts Theater
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Heartland Theatre Company, 10-Minute Play Festival
    ,
    2018

Awards

Selection
,
Publication--The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2019
,
Applause Books
,
2019
Winner
,
Playbytes by Playwrights Ten-Minute Play Contest
,
Lowell Arts Theater
,
2019
Winner
,
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
,
2015