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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  • 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.
  • Ignition Arts:
    26 May. 2018
    A gripping two-hander set at a 10-year college reunion in a fancy bathroom. Brilliant roles for two strong actresses. Taut, controversial and discussion-worthy. A very exciting and timely piece that navigates race, success, and ownership. It leaves this reader pondering many things, including: Can someone own a story? In fact,...doesn't this one belong to Thomas because he wrote it...?

Development History

Production History

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

Awards

Finalist
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BARRYMORE AWARD for BEST NEW PLAY
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Theatre Philadelphia
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2018