Mirrors

[full-length]
When 17 year-old Alma Jean finds her mother dead, she must pack up her life and move in with her mother's ex-lover, a woman she doesn't know. Her new guardian, Bird Wilson, is the town pariah and unused to sharing her home. Will mourning the death of a shared loved one bring Alma Jean and Bird together or push them further apart?
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Mirrors

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    29 Sep. 2020
    A well structured, nuanced, and human play with amazing roles for Black women. The language both has the everyday irregularities of natural speech as well as a beautiful lyricism. Revelations are doled out at a good pace with wise use of flashback and private conversation. I hope to see this onstage soon!
  • Jennifer Kranz:
    9 Jul. 2020
    I had the pleasure of working on this play before it's untimely shut down (after being chosen by the artistic team) at NYTW Next Door, due to COVID. (It was named as a Kilroy selection shortly thereafter). How often do we see plays about black, queer women in the American South? How often do we see plays that are this timely, necessary, and gorgeously written? It is as honest, brutal, and touching a work as they come. It deserves many more productions.
  • Gina Femia:
    4 Mar. 2020
    A gorgeous play full of lyrical language and a lot of heart and humor.

Character Information

  • BIRD WILSON
    45-55,
    African American
    ,
    Cisgender Female, gender non-conforming, butch
    A middle-aged Black woman, a metalsmith and a resident of Etheridge, Mississippi.
  • ANNABELLE "BELLE" PIERSON
    35-50,
    African American
    ,
    Cisgender Female, High Femme
    A Black woman, mother of Alma Jean and former lover of Bird. Died in her forties, a resident of Cane, Mississippi.
  • ALMA JEAN PIERSON
    17,
    African American
    ,
    Cisgender Female
    A 17 year-old Black girl, daughter of Belle, and a former resident of Cane, Mississippi.
  • LOUISE STERLING
    25-45,
    African American
    ,
    Cisgender Female
    Bird's neighbor and current lover, she is somewhat younger than Bird, probably in her late 30s.
  • MABEL MOSELY
    40-55,
    African American
    ,
    Cisgender Female
    Nosy and outrageous churchgoing resident of Etheridge. She is in her 40s and is the best friend of Constance Jenkins.
  • CONSTANCE JENKINS
    40-55,
    African American
    ,
    Cisgender Female
    Outspoken and meddling churchgoing resident of Etheridge. She is in her 40s and is the best friend of Mabel Mosley.
  • RAY JOHNSON, JR
    18-21,
    African American
    ,
    Cisgender Male
    A charming and self-assured 19 year-old man. He is Alma Jean's boyfriend from Cane, Mississippi.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Parity Productions
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Austin Scottish Rite Theater
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Parity Productions
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Castillo Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Commission
    ,
    Freedom Train Productions
    ,
    2010

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop, Produced by Parity Productions
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    Downtown Urban Arts Festival
    ,
    2018

Awards

Selection
,
The Kilroys List
,
2020
Winner
,
Best Play
,
Downtown Urban Arts Festival
,
2018
Winner
,
Annual Commission
,
Parity Productions
,
2018
Winner
,
Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Award
,
Castillo Theatre
,
2015