The Amphibians

Set thirteen years in the future, The Amphibians takes place in west central Florida shortly after we've passed the point of no return in the fight against climate change. When two high-schoolers unearth a wondrous discovery in the woods, they learn hard lessons about the evolution of friendship and what it means to take care of something at the end of the world.
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The Amphibians

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  • Toby Malone:
    22 Jun. 2020
    Caffrey takes the familiar sci-fi trope of 'kids find and befriend a strange creature without telling the adults' and then considers what rising ocean levels would add to the mix in this tightly-wound pieces set thirteen years in the future. A strong meditation on growing up and growing apart in a changing world, 'The Amphibians' considers the ways in which Simone and Bryn's friendship is tested when they come across an injured, evolving creature. A really fun read.
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:
    22 Jun. 2020
    It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Dan Caffrey and their play The Amphibians as a finalist for our 2020 National Playwrights Conference. This particular work emerged from a highly competitive, anonymous, and multi-tiered selection process to become one of 63 finalists out of more than 1,500 submissions. This enthralling piece galvanized the hearts and theatrical imaginations of our reading teams and is fully championed by our offices. We are honored to put our enthusiastic support behind this writer and their ongoing contributions to the American Theater.
  • Jan Rosenberg:
    21 Jun. 2020
    WOW! This hit me HARD. Hilarious and depressing and frightening. A sort of coming of age story as the world is on the brink of collapse. It truly taps into all of the fears of the end of the world that we push away by playing mindless games on our phones. Loved this. Would love to see the creature onstage!

Development History


New Play Workshop
Hyde Park Theatre