ELLERY

2019 Bechdel Group Selection and included in THE BEST WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2017

(Full length) Becca hates her psychic abilities and is being haunted by her dead but still critical mother and dead grandmother, for reasons none of them understands. When a dead young woman appears and pleads confusingly for help, Becca turns away--but unwittingly gives her best friend the chance to pursue a...
2019 Bechdel Group Selection and included in THE BEST WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2017

(Full length) Becca hates her psychic abilities and is being haunted by her dead but still critical mother and dead grandmother, for reasons none of them understands. When a dead young woman appears and pleads confusingly for help, Becca turns away--but unwittingly gives her best friend the chance to pursue a dangerous course that could harm Becca and another living woman. A play about living responsibly and being different. (Play 2 in The Ghost Trilogy of standalone plays)
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ELLERY

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  • Jacquelyn Floyd-Priskorn:
    6 Dec. 2020
    This is a great paranormal, mystery that had me leaning in and eager to see what happened next! The characters are all very likeable and well developed. Many strong roles for female-identifying actors of all ages! Designers will have a blast creating theatrical magic. I truly enjoyed this piece!
  • Christine Foster:
    23 Apr. 2020
    Entertaining and clever with strong (intergenerational) parts for women - crafted and plotted with skill, suspense, irony, and great dialogue. And it's about the supernatural and life and death and philosophy and relationships and all sorts of things that matter.
  • Emily Hageman:
    23 Jul. 2018
    O'Grady has a gift for writing unique plays that celebrate the strengths of women. Ellery is a PHENOMENAL show for actresses--and for any audience and director and designer! It's creative and unique and heartfelt and very funny. What I really like about O'Grady's plays is that they celebrate the beautiful things in the world even while paying attention to the dark things. O'Grady also really has a gift for writing pretty dream male characters who aren't threatened by the successful women they adore. Another strong showing from O'Grady here--check it out!

Character Information

  • Becca
    24
    A sensitive (can see and hear dead people).
  • Linda
    52
    Her mother. Dead.
  • Ida
    76
    Her grandmother. Dead.
  • Liesel
    25
    Her friend.
  • Dominic
    26
    A police officer.
  • The Girl
    Late teens.
    Dead. Wet hair and clothing.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Bechdel Group
    ,
    2019

Awards

Selection
,
The Bechdel Group
,
2019
Selection
,
The Best Women's Stage Monologues
,
Smith and Kraus
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2017