Reap The Grove

Sandra's estranged family is reunited to spend her final days together before she ends her life on her own terms following a terminal diagnosis. While Sandra bounces from reality to a timeless space between life and death, her daughters are also in personal moments of transformation- one passionately committed to saving the planet even if she can't save her marriage, the other has only recently found...
Sandra's estranged family is reunited to spend her final days together before she ends her life on her own terms following a terminal diagnosis. While Sandra bounces from reality to a timeless space between life and death, her daughters are also in personal moments of transformation- one passionately committed to saving the planet even if she can't save her marriage, the other has only recently found success in substance use treatment and arrives six months pregnant. Reap The Grove is a moving and darkly funny exploration of partnership, transgenerational trauma, and the anticipated grief of death with dignity.
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Reap The Grove

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  • Quinn Xavier Hernandez:
    29 Jul. 2018
    What do you do when there’s a timer ticking down to the end of life as you know it? Caity-Shea Violette answers this question by putting a mirror up to the fears and dreams that motivate us when our time is reaching its end. With four strong roles for women and a powerful family dynamic, REAP THE GROVE is a tearjerker and a delight. #PlaywrightPlug
  • Sharai Bohannon:
    21 Apr. 2018
    This play is the epitome of an emotional roller coaster. I found myself laughing and empathizing with other characters so much that I kept almost forgetting the reason they were all assembled. I think this nails a lot of the feelings one has from growing up in a toxic environment and trying to make peace with that.
  • Ali Kayem:
    21 Mar. 2018
    I saw this play performed as a staged reading. It was a well-crafted piece that begs to be performed. It was at some points sad, at some points up-lifting, and at all points an honest look into the lives of women (who were both remarkable and relate-able). It's a moving work, highlighting the unique bond of women in a family.

Character Information

  • Sandra
    late 50's-mid 60's,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Strong-willed and sharp-witted. Mother to Beckah and Judith, married to Nan. Has terminal lung cancer and needs to wear oxygen attached to a wheeled tank. Has eighteen years in recovery from alcohol and prescription pill substance abuse disorders, but didn't quit smoking until her diagnosis.
  • Nan
    late 50's-mid 60's,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Quietly resilient. Has a hard time sitting still when there's something to be done and typically channels this frenetic energy into caring for the people she loves, even at the expense of herself. Has been the primary caretaker of her wife, Sandra, since her diagnosis. Loves to garden, cook, and stay busy. Has 19 years in recovery from substance abuse disorders.
  • Beckah
    early-mid 30's,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Inherited her mother's sense of humor, stubbornness, and substance abuse disorders, but is currently doing well in her recovery. Six months pregnant. Has mostly addressed her Complex Post-Traumautic Stress Disorder in rehab and therapy, but separated herself from her family to maintain her mental health and recovery.
  • Judith
    late 20's-early 30's,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Passionate about her job at an environmental nonprofit. Still officially married to Tom. Still untangling the difference between fulfillment, obligation, and fear of abandonment. Still living with a lifelong undiagnosed panic disorder from developmental trauma.

Development History

Awards

Finalist
,
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One Act Play Contest
,
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
,
2017
Winner
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Artemisia Theatre's 2017 Fall Festival
,
Artemisia Theatre
,
2017