The Agency

Ani has always dreamed of becoming an actress, so she's saved up and moved to New York City. But she's not getting cast, and she's almost out of money. So she takes a job at a "rental agency," where lonely clients can hire actors to serve as surrogate friends or loved ones. It seems like the perfect gig - it pays well, she's good at the work, and she's helping people feel...
Ani has always dreamed of becoming an actress, so she's saved up and moved to New York City. But she's not getting cast, and she's almost out of money. So she takes a job at a "rental agency," where lonely clients can hire actors to serve as surrogate friends or loved ones. It seems like the perfect gig - it pays well, she's good at the work, and she's helping people feel better. But what will it mean for her real-life relationships? A play for a world where we can buy whatever we want - if we're willing to pay the price.
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The Agency

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  • Premiere Stages:
    7 Apr. 2022
    Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University, is pleased to recognize THE AGENCY by Lia Romeo as a Semi-Finalist for the 2022 Premiere Play Festival. THE AGENCY rose through a competitive selection process conducted by Premiere staff and a panel of outside theatre professionals to become one of 35 semifinalists out of 655 submissions. The panel was particularly impressed by philosophical and ethical questions of the commodification of identity presented in a well-paced, clear structure with both comedic and tragic elements. Our congratulations and thanks to Lia.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    24 May. 2021
    Capitalism and humanity meet as one wonders what paid opportunities will do to the real life relationships. Insightful and well done.
  • Daniel Prillaman:
    12 May. 2020
    Be warned, this is a gut punch of a play, but its heart is tender and keening, and so so worth the journey. Romeo’s dialogue has a natural cadence and almost brutal efficiency, and brings us into a world that not only feels all too close on the horizon, but raises fascinating implications and questions about humanity’s relationship with hope. Just as her characters will pay anything to cover their rental fees, what I would not give to see this sublime play on a stage. Theatre at its finest.

Development History

  • Commission
    ,
    Fairleigh Dickinson University
    ,
    2019

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Fairleigh Dickinson University
    ,
    2020

Awards

Kilroys List
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The Kilroys
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2020