Bandera, Texas

FULL LENGTH. A dramedy about marriage, motherhood, and the women who came before us and paved our way. Liz, a native New Yorker, is forced to relocate to the Texas Hill Country for her husband’s job. She is visited by her long-dead grandmothers, who help her adapt to her new life and remind her that an uprooted woman can grow wherever she is replanted when she knows who she is and carries the people and places she loves inside her.
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Bandera, Texas

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  • Aly Kantor:
    16 Jan. 2022
    This hilarious, heartfelt, effortlessly theatrical play is full of stunning roles for women that put motherhood at the forefront of the story. I'm amazed by how much I knew and understood about these quirky, lovable, and realistically flawed characters on page one! As always, Lisa's dialogue is smooth, realistic, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, and the specificity of the worlds that she creates continues to blow my mind. The piece comes full circle in such a beautiful and satisfying way. I was laughing and tearing up at the same time by "end of play." Someone produce this already, dangit!
  • Emily McClain:
    10 Jul. 2021
    Told with Feriend's brilliant ear for dialogue and sense of humor, Liz's adjustment to her new living situation and the impending changes that press down on her life from all sides is so incredibly relatable. Both grandmothers bring their unique perspectives to her to help make sense of things and the reality of being a woman, a wife, a mother- now or in generations past- is brought to life for us. This play deserves all the accolades and many, many productions!
  • Julie Zaffarano:
    26 Jun. 2021
    A heartwarming play about relationships and compromise. Three great roles for women. Dialog is sharp and real. The conflict is engaging wide a wide audience appeal. Lovely.

Character Information

  • Liz
    30s,
    White
    ,
    Female
  • Mary
    Any adult age,
    White
    ,
    Female
    Liz's Italian grandmother; Mary and Genevieve can be any age, but they should both be around the same age - either both are young women, both are middle aged, or both are seniors
  • Genevieve
    Any adult age,
    White
    ,
    Female
    Liz's Irish grandmother; Mary and Genevieve can be any age, but they should both be around the same age - either both are young women, both are middle aged, or both are seniors
  • Dave
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Liz's husband; the actor must be able to do a convincing Kennedy impression

Development History

Awards

Selection
,
Spotlight on... Women Writing
,
Prism Theatre Company
,
2021
Semi-Finalist
,
Meet The Artist Series
,
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
,
2021
Semi-Finalist
,
Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
,
Seven Devils New Play Foundry
,
2021
Semi-Finalist
,
New Works Festival
,
Garry Marshall Theatre
,
2020
Finalist
,
NEWvember Dublin Festival
,
AboutFACE Theatre
,
2020