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  • Lainie Vansant:
    11 Jun. 2020
    Beautifully written, this piece is magical and poetic as well as heart-wrenching and painful. It deserves lots of love and creative attention - produce it today!
  • Chet Hertz:
    29 May. 2020
    Nearly overwhelming in its beauty and effect. Reading it made me HAVE to see it. Seeing it made me have to cry — and want to read it again.
  • Greg Vovos:
    9 Apr. 2020
    I love when I come across true theatre magic. And when it comes wrapped in a surprise, inside a tale of true emotion, connection, and meaning…all the better. Alabaster is an emotionally beautiful play that transports us to a world like no other. Audrey Cefaly’s writing draws you in while simultaneously celebrating life and discovery as only theatre can. Her dialogue jumps off the page and her characters grab you by the heart and soul. Incredible work and I hope to see this play soon. I’m grateful to Audrey Cefaly for writing this transcendent piece.
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    4 Apr. 2020
    There's enough praise and adulation for this play that it almost feels like anything I add will just feel redundant. However here is my attempt...

    ALABASTERby Audrey Cefaly stands as a prime example of how the boundary between tragedy and comedy is razor-thin. Cefaly walks that tightrope and brings together a play that is at once uproariously funny and heartbreakingly sad. Whether you read it or see ALABASTER, you will be moved, hurt, and uplifted all at once. A marvelous play.
  • Eric Pfeffinger:
    3 Apr. 2020
    It's an eloquent and heart-rending exploration of tactics for dealing with loss and trauma, and the role of art in enabling or hindering recovery. But it's also a thorny, absorbing, and often very funny story about four brave and damaged women, two of whom just happen to be goats.
  • David Beardsley:
    3 Apr. 2020
    I will add my two cents to the avalanche of well-deserved praise for this play. I watched Know Theater's online performance of Alabaster, about two women damaged and isolated by loss and grief but beginning to heal each other with the help of goats. Goats! How awesome. It's a beautiful play, with complex and powerful characters, but the goats help it land with such force. They highlight the devastating effects of isolation (you know you're in trouble when you talk to goats and they talk back), and they allow the unspeakable to be spoken, which is how healing begins.
  • Anne Mason:
    22 Mar. 2020
    What a treat to be able to read an intro to the script here! Then I found out about Know Theatre's live streaming option as well. Thank you, Audrey Cefaly, for making your work accessible in these fraught times.
    What an absolutely beautiful story of female beauty and resiliency. The rolling world premiere may have been interrupted, but this is definitely a play worth living on stage for years to come!
  • Taylor Mercado Owen:
    8 Mar. 2020
    I had the privilege of seeing this play at Kitchen Dog Theater last night and I am so very glad I did. This play is absolutely gorgeous. This play will stay with me for quite some time; it is a beautiful meditation on grief, PTSD, and healing. I look forward to reading more of Audrey's work. Her work is important and must be produced.
  • Patrick Gabridge:
    6 Jan. 2020
    It’s easy to see why this play is getting the huge rolling world premiere it so well deserves. We get deep, deep into these characters, and their wounds and their longing, and loss. There is hope. And even more importantly, it’s one of those scripts that when you read it, you think, “I really want to see this fleshed out on stage, in three dimensions, and see what a great cast and team will do with it.” I hope to see it someday soon.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    1 Jan. 2020
    I couldn't wait for the Rolling World Premiere at Oregon Contemporary Theatre this season. I had to read this play - now. And what a play! Cefaly dives into grief and its aftereffects with unflinching insight and rewards us throughout with belly-laugh humor. It's breathtaking, heartbreaking, an instant classic. Read it before it disappears from NPX, which I'm sure it will be, snapped up for publication and/or more prizes. This play is an absolute stunner, and a showcase for women actors. Brava!

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