Bandera, Texas

Liz, born and raised in NYC, moves to the Texas Hill Country for her husband's job, where she is visited by her long-dead grandmothers, who try to help her adapt to her new life. The play explores the challenges women who choose to marry and have children face, both now and in the past - and how not as much has changed as we would hope.
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Bandera, Texas

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  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    5 May. 2021
    What a funny and heartwarming play! I love the theatrical device of bringing the dead to help Liz adjust to life outside New York City. As a New Yorker who isn't allowed to even visit Texas, this is so relatable! And I love the way the stories of the grandmothers are woven in with economy and humor and a real adoration for the city of New York. I felt Liz's pain and also her frustration with her husband. The characters are so well-written character, I'd recognize them anywhere.
  • Laura Rohrman:
    6 Apr. 2021
    This often side-splitting play packs a poingnant message about 'angels' that feels true. When we are desperate and at our worst, which is where the main character finds herself, angels appear to save us.
    In this case, Liz's dead grandmothers have found her -- pregnant and in a trailer, far from home (NYC) in Bandera, Texas with her drunk, gun-shooting husband. What has Liz done? Wonderfully written scenes between all the characters allow this play to give many antedotes about life, love and the pursuit of happiness; it also has a message about angels that is lovely & uplifting.
  • John Mabey:
    1 Apr. 2021
    I greatly enjoyed BANDERA, TEXAS, for it's wonderful writing and great use of humor to explore family dynamics and expectations of women across generations. Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend writes each character with such realism and perspective as they navigate identity shifts and challenges in marriage and life. This play would also be a delight for a director and performers to bring alive on stage with its magical realism and poignant storytelling.

Character Information

  • Liz
    30s,
    White
    ,
    Female
  • Mary
    Any adult age,
    White/Italian
    ,
    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/Irish
    ,
    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

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