Mrs. Harrison

"Every once in a (great) while, a new work in Philadelphia premieres with such power and promise that it demands to be seen by a much wider audience. That play is Mrs. Harrison at Azuka Theatre. That playwright is R. Eric Thomas." -Jim Rutter, Philadelphia Inquirer

Mrs. Harrison is about two women and one story. At their 10-year college reunion, Aisha and Holly meet by chance. Is this...
"Every once in a (great) while, a new work in Philadelphia premieres with such power and promise that it demands to be seen by a much wider audience. That play is Mrs. Harrison at Azuka Theatre. That playwright is R. Eric Thomas." -Jim Rutter, Philadelphia Inquirer

Mrs. Harrison is about two women and one story. At their 10-year college reunion, Aisha and Holly meet by chance. Is this the first time or has it just been a long time? They can't agree. Aisha is a black, successful playwright; she's on the cover of the alumni magazine. Holly is a white, struggling stand-up comedian; she's here for the free drinks. Aisha's most successful play bears a striking resemblance to a tragic event in Holly's life. Is it a coincidence or is it theft? As a rainstorm interrupts the outdoor reunion, they find themselves trapped inside, together. They both have a story that they've been telling themselves about what happened all those years ago and they're both willing to fight for the truth in the present.
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Mrs. Harrison

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  • Paul Donnelly:
    4 Jan. 2019
    Mrs. Harrison is an extraordinarily compelling two-hander about the construction and ownership of memory and the impact of race on both life and art. Holly's casual racism and sense of grievance slam hard against Aisha's identity, both the real and constructed parts. The riveting question pulsing under their confrontation is, does one own a story for having experienced it or must one also truly understand it? This is a piece that should be produced widely for its skill as well as for the issues it raises.
  • InterAct Theatre Company:
    16 Oct. 2018
    InterAct presented MRS. HARRISON as part of our second 2016 Core Playwrights Weekend. MRS. HARRISON is a taut drama examining privilege in storytelling through complex, compelling female characters and gripping dialogue. We were thrilled to participate in the advancement of this piece.
  • Haygen-Brice Walker:
    10 Aug. 2018
    A play that's equal parts compelling mystery and searing drama. It's refreshing to watch the two strong-willed, women characters spar in this play about everything except men. This is a play that every college should not only be studying in acting class for scene study but also studying in playwriting for a masterclass in how to construct dialogue that is equal parts lyrical and scathing.
    It's a tight play that raises questions of identity, authorship, friendship, and homecomings. The play doesn't provide answers, but rather makes you grapple with the its questions long after the final blackout.

Character Information

  • Holly
    32,
    White
    ,
    Female
  • Aisha
    32,
    Black
    ,
    Female

Development History

Production History

  • University
    ,
    College of Charleston Center Stage
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Azuka Theatre
    ,
    2018

Awards

Finalist
,
BARRYMORE AWARD for BEST NEW PLAY
,
Theatre Philadelphia
,
2018