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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  • Nick Malakhow:
    2 Apr. 2020
    What a fantastic piece! Carabatsos creates an atmospheric theatrical world with just a few characters and rhythmic, spare dialogue. I love the way that the piece winds back and forth through time and moves along at a steady yet constantly building pace. The use of the source material is also inspiring and helps me see that text in a new light--the roots of Rodion's (or Ross') desire to be exceptional feels clearly sprung from toxic and destructive tropes of masculinity and are effectively contrasted with the reasonable and incredibly justifiable anger, pain, and rage of the women represented here.
  • David Hansen:
    1 Apr. 2020
    What resonates in this amazing new work is the modern belief that we are right (whoever we are) and that they are wrong (whoever they are) and that our rightness justifies any action, and any statement. There are no disagreements, there are no differences of opinion, there is right and there is wrong. And it is this sense of being right that makes one superior to the other. We are free to define our own reality, and in that definition we reign supreme. Carabotsos deftly describes our entire society, one in which paranoia and alienation dominate our actions. Highly recommended!
  • 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!

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
    ,
    Last Frontier Theatre Conference
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Midtown Direct Rep
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Great Plains Theatre Conference
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Columbia College
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Patchwork Theatre Audio Series
    ,
    2020
  • High School
    ,
    Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology
    ,
    2019
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Stages Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Fringe
    ,
    2cents Theatre INK Fest
    ,
    2018

Awards

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