We Will Not Describe the Conversation

Inspired by a missing scene in Crime and Punishment, We Will Not Describe the Conversation follows a massage therapist whose latest client has arrived with the news that her estranged brother has committed a heinous crime--killing an elderly woman with an axe--and is nowhere to be found. The women try to piece together how this happened, while also uncovering their own dark desires and the fear that they will one day turn out like him.
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We Will Not Describe the Conversation

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  • T. Reid Kirtley:
    3 Mar. 2020
    From a mysterious sentence to a thrilling play, 'We Will Not Describe The Conversation' is a gripping parable about murder and memory. Eugenie Carabatsos excitingly explores ideas and nuances of repressed femme power in stark contrast to the violent reality of masculinity and the overwhelmingly patriarchal world we live in today. Yet another wildly successful theatre piece that has found its own unique world tucked away in the pages of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment; yet this play has a haunting agenda all it's own. A fantastic read, and a play worth producing for sure!
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    11 May. 2018
    What a wonderful play - from a sentence written by Dostoyevsky, Carabatsos makes a whole new piece, and it sings! I love the words and the birds. Fascinating and filled with so much dramatic tension, great moments - the destroying and rebuilding of lives - a memorable play!
  • Sharai Bohannon:
    10 May. 2018
    This is a very powerful play that haunts the reader. I also love that two women drive the action of this piece as Carabatsos leads us somewhere near a resolution. I would love to see this produced!

Character Information

  • DANI
    Is a massage therapist because she likes having peoples’ necks in her hands, and she likes that she chooses not to hurt them.
  • SONYA
    Has something heavy in her bag, but it doesn’t weigh her down. It makes her feel strong.

  • ROSS
    Latches onto ideas that he thinks explain why he is the way he is and justify his desires.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Bechdel Group
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Storycrafter Studio
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Red Theater
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Massasoit Community College
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Bechdel Group
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Great Plains Theatre Conference
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Last Frontier Theatre Conference
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Midtown Direct Rep
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • High School
    ,
    Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology
    ,
    2019
  • Fringe
    ,
    2cents Theatre INK Fest
    ,
    2018
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Stages Theatre
    ,
    2018

Awards

Finalist
,
Theatre Botanicum Seedlings
,
2019
Runner Up
,
Best Play
,
2cents Theater INK Fest
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
,
Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival
,
2018
Winner
,
Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award
,
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
,
2016
Finalist
,
Ingram New Works Lab
,
2016