bad things happen here

​The nation has never been healthier. Crime is down. Streets are clean. Civility reigns. But out of the corner of your eye, you might catch a glimpse of the men keeping things orderly. In a series of brief, enigmatic scenes, two women take us into the heart of a nation that has been disciplined by violence,
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bad things happen here

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  • Courtney Meaker:
    2 Jan. 2019
    bad things happen here is a beautiful and gut-wrenching two-person play about a world that's falling apart. Multiple vignettes give small insight into a world that's terrifying and definitely out to to get you. Truly breathtaking were a series of factory scenes that slowly peel away what's being processed at the factory and why. This is a play that offers shivers, terror, tears, and surprising laughs. It's one you'll be thinking about long after you put it down.
  • Catherine Weingarten:
    3 Aug. 2017
    A bleak, post apocalyptic play that draws you in and spits you out. Eric is a new voice to watch in the American theater and this play feels so timely and freaky! The structure of the play is adventurous ans it exciting to get to watch 2 women play so many characters and wrestle with eachother in so many ways all within an hour, an excitinf challenge for an actor.
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:
    1 May. 2017
    It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Eric Marlin and their play bad things happen here as a finalist for our 2017 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one of 55 finalists out of more than 1,300 submissions, the strength of its writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process. Our readers responded to the sharp dialogue and seamless flowing of scenes, from one to the next, which built complexity and meaning.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    PTP/NYC
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Play Date at Pete's
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Edinburgh Festival Fringe
    ,
    2018
  • University
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    University of Iowa
    ,
    2017

Awards

Finalist
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Berliner Festspiele Stuckemarkt
,
2019
Semi-Finalist
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PlayPenn
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2017