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  • 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!
  • Zach Wobensmith:
    19 Aug. 2020
    What a lovely play, with real presence of mind, clarity and heart from beginning to end. It's always interesting to see a new perspective on an old tale about death and the afterlife, in a way that sheds new light on the topic and appeals to a modern audience. I'm not at surprised at all by the attention it's receiving, and I look forward to seeing more of her work.
  • Arianna Rose:
    10 Aug. 2020
    An absolute stunner of a play about love, loss, and the everlife. What Jennifer O'Grady accomplishes in ten minutes is remarkable. I didn't want the play to end. PERSEPHONE has had several productions and been published and I can see why! While Persephone may never have wanted to be named after a goddess, her actions are nothing short of god-like, no small feat for a professed atheist. Read it, weep, laugh, you'll be a changed human being and the better for having read this jewel of a play.
  • Christine Foster:
    9 Jul. 2020
    Most ten minute plays don't deliver full characterizations, or layers, or complexity, or even proper "big" themes very well - but this one does all four brilliantly, proving just what can be done in such a short piece. If it's "moments" that push and propel our feelings in theatre, they have to be well chosen. They are here, and they lead us on a dramatic,moving and satisfying journey.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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