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[full length] 14-year-old Ellie is a good kid. It’s the worst. 25-year-old David is grown-up. It’s the worst. Is it more dangerous to grow up too fast or too slowly?
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< 3

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    20 Apr. 2020
    I was quickly engrossed in this intimate piece that explores large themes of adolescence, peer pressure, failed/failing relationships, and broken expectations. I particularly loved how, throughout the first several scenes, it was unclear what the relationship was between the two main narrative strands. Ellie and Tracy's dynamic was rendered in a pitch-perfect manner. David and Alice's relationship illuminated the particular sadness and disconnection of a young couple tied together by increasingly tenuous threads. The whole piece is conducted with a quietness and subtlety that is theatrical, tender, and microscopically focused. A poignant cross-section of people is presented here.
  • Melody DeRogatis:
    16 Apr. 2020
    My friends and I read this play and we couldn't stop turning the pages! Such high stakes! The plot was super intriguing, and left us wanting to know more!
  • Joseph Spor:
    11 Dec. 2019
    "<3" shows the implications of internet usage, especially for younger people. It has a stunning sense of realism which made me feel connected to each character. Such a great read, I highly recommend it!

Character Information

  • DAVID
    25,
    Any
    ,
    Male
  • PETER
    24,
    Any
    ,
    Male
  • ELLIE
    14,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • TRACY
    16,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • ALICE
    26,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • SANDRA
    40s,
    Any
    ,
    Female

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
    ,
    2015

Awards

Selection
,
Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
,
id Theater
,
2015