INHERITED TRAITS

FULL LENGTH: Isaac’s life is thrown for a loop when his mother, Lia, is struck in a hit and run, and Isaac discovers strange letters from a mysterious man within her private possessions. Lia, meanwhile, is a ghost--or at least she thinks she is?--and she follows Isaac as he goes on a journey to learn about his secretive mother. Lia is the one who is thrown for a loop, however, when she realizes that following...
FULL LENGTH: Isaac’s life is thrown for a loop when his mother, Lia, is struck in a hit and run, and Isaac discovers strange letters from a mysterious man within her private possessions. Lia, meanwhile, is a ghost--or at least she thinks she is?--and she follows Isaac as he goes on a journey to learn about his secretive mother. Lia is the one who is thrown for a loop, however, when she realizes that following Isaac is taking her on a journey of her own. (THIS IS A FIRST DRAFT: feedback is always welcome)
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INHERITED TRAITS

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  • Megan Ann Jacobs:
    9 Sep. 2020
    Malakhow shames me as a playwright with this being their first draft, wow! The talent of navigating the complex genre of mystery is one to keep tabs on and surprised me several times. How Malakhow weaves these two stories together is almost dance like. I look forward to seeing where this draft goes in the future, but I believe it is absolutely ready for a staged reading if not a performance. Wonderful!
  • Jennie Webb:
    1 Sep. 2020
    A raw and intimate look at a young man reeling after a profound loss, the discoveries he makes about his mother and the trail he follows... which leads him somewhere he didn't at all expect. I loved the playwright's ability to surprise us with sharp turns and dark comedy, even as he navigates such deeply emotional territory. Love even more that this is a first draft; can't wait to see where he goes next!
  • David Hansen:
    10 Apr. 2020
    Malakhow spins a tale of ghosts and relations, for it is the ghosts of relations who haunt us the most. It's got tension and humor, an insightful view into generations of shame but also care, and a lot of open wounds begin to heal. Highly recommended!

Character Information

  • LIA (EMELIA)
    49,
    Latinx
    ,
    Female
    First generation, moved to Boston when she was 10 w/her mom. Stoic for most. Burning up inside.
  • ISAAC
    20,
    Latinx/Multiethnic
    ,
    Male
    Lia’s son. Multi-racial. Taking time off post high school to hopefully save up for college.
  • MICHAEL
    60,
    White
    ,
    Male
    A successful lawyer in Newton.
  • PATRICE
    55,
    Black
    ,
    Female
    Michael’s wife, works at an educational nonprofit.