The Agency [in development]

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 [in development]

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  • 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.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    8 Apr. 2020
    Having read several of Lia Romeo's plays, I know I can count on them to be fast-paced, uniquely offbeat, supremely human, and to explore some big ideas in understated ways. Here, Romeo uses THE AGENCY to examine loneliness, connection, loss, and the devastation left in the wake of souring, torn apart, or dysfunctional relationships. That she does this while also making some excellent points about the lives of actors and other artists, the commodification of friendship, love, and sex, and celebrity shows her uncanny ability to juggle so much within a potent, intimate, one-of-a-kind story. Excellent!
  • Laura Rohrman:
    30 Mar. 2020
    This is a fun, modern take on the concept of the purchasing power of money. Or...
    "Can money buy happiness?"
    Sprinkled with comedic nods to modern life, an out of work actress takes an absurd temp assignment to help pay her share of the rent. The story keeps shifting, and the writing is controlled, witty and well-observed.

Development History

  • Commission
    ,
    Fairleigh Dickinson University
    ,
    2019

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Fairleigh Dickinson University
    ,
    2020

Awards

Kilroys List
,
The Kilroys
,
2020