Hollywood, Nebraska

In the panhandle of Nebraska, two actresses of a certain age are making a homecoming in their dying small town. Jane’s in from L.A. to check up on her ailing mother, Alma. Andrea’s back from New York to bury her father. Will a disappearing dot on the map of the Great Plains provide a second act for each of them? In the quiet of their hometown — and with two local men entering their old stomping ground — the...
In the panhandle of Nebraska, two actresses of a certain age are making a homecoming in their dying small town. Jane’s in from L.A. to check up on her ailing mother, Alma. Andrea’s back from New York to bury her father. Will a disappearing dot on the map of the Great Plains provide a second act for each of them? In the quiet of their hometown — and with two local men entering their old stomping ground — the women are moved to explore feelings about lost parents, thwarted aspirations and what it means to be successful, leading to a showdown between Jane and her plainspoken mother. It’s a new rueful comedy about the urge to be creative, the itch to move away and the ache of reconnecting with the family and feelings that you thought you left behind.

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From the Playwright: Unlike my plays “Two Henrys,” “Alabama Story” and “Circa 1976,” this one doesn’t have threads of social justice woven into it. It’s sadness-streaked Chekhovian family comedy about show people looking in the mirror and trying to figure out who they are in a time of personal crossroads. One audience member at a talkback asked, “What’s at stake for the main character, Jane?” My answer was, “Everything!” An L.A. actress in her forties is often an invisible creature, and Jane is trying to figure out where she fits in the world, professionally, personally, romantically. The past and present collide in her hometown, a place where “dying” things are constantly referenced. It’s ultimately a hope-filled play about living — and what it means to live a “creative life.”
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Hollywood, Nebraska

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    19 Sep. 2017
    I saw the developmental production of HOLLYWOOD, NEBRASKA last week at the Wyoming Theater Festival, and was moved by the honesty and depth of the characters. It's a play about a small town and returning home, and if that's even possible. The relationships are complex and rich, I was especially moved by the mother daughter relationship and the estranged friends who find themselves living in the same world again for a bit. I would jump at the opportunity to see this play fully produced.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Wyoming Theater Festival (Developmental Production)
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    2017
  • Reading
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    TACT/The Actors Company Theatre
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    2016