There Will be Bears

10-MINUTE: While camping, Amy and Fiona go on a hike to help Amy clear her head and make an important decision about the future of their relationship. When she and her partner encounter a bear blocking their return path they turn to the wisdom of YouTube celebrity park ranger, Ranger Phil, who has his own surreal opinions on bears and relationships.
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There Will be Bears

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  • Evan Baughfman:
    26 Apr. 2022
    Does a bear sit in the woods? Yes, it does! And that simple ursine action is the impetus here for a humorous conversation between main characters, Amy and Fiona. This script takes some really unexpected twists and turns. Overall, I found it to be beary entertaining stuff!
  • Bethany Dickens Assaf:
    15 Sep. 2021
    I had the privilege of leading a workshop on and then producing this play - at each show, the play’s verve and unexpected twists kept the audience in stitches! The theme of growing up and becoming self-reliant (as well as reliable for others) unfolds beautifully and pairs well with the existential surrealism (Ranger Phil being a stand-in - perhaps - for the fear of what’s “out there” - and wow, he is SUCH a delight!). A piece that more than delivers on the cleverness and creativity of its title!
  • Max Langert:
    9 Feb. 2021
    Ava Love Hanna is such a sparkling comedic writer that dialogue pops and crackles down the page. This play is no exception with a couple of bumbling nature amateurs trying to figure out how to survive in the wilderness. There’s heart and poignancy in this script too, and that’s ultimately what raises it to the next level. Would make a great summertime show!

Character Information

  • Amy
    Smart. Funny. Carrying a burden, but making the best of it. Loves the outdoors, in theory.
  • Fiona
    Sarcastic, quick-witted. More comfortable in the city.
  • Ranger Phil
    National park ranger on YouTube. Surreal bear expert.
  • Elise
    Nonspeaking. Bear #2.

Development History

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Playwrights Round Table - Launch
    ,
    2022
  • Professional
    ,
    MadLab - Theatre Roulette
    ,
    2022
  • Community Theater
    ,
    The Fragmented Festival III
    ,
    2021
  • Professional
    ,
    ScriptWorks - Out of Ink Showcase - Hyde Park Theatre - - Postponed due to COVID-19
    ,
    2020

Awards

Selection
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Out of Ink Showcase
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ScriptWorks
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2020