Transgressions

After being diagnosed with breast cancer and abandoned by their (now ex-)fiancée, nonbinary poet Jess struggles to fend for themselves amongst the wreckage of their formerly-idyllic home. When they receive an unexpected visit from college ex Val, it seems like they may have finally gotten the help they've so desperately craved. But things aren’t as simple as they seem, and Jess must wrestle for control...
After being diagnosed with breast cancer and abandoned by their (now ex-)fiancée, nonbinary poet Jess struggles to fend for themselves amongst the wreckage of their formerly-idyllic home. When they receive an unexpected visit from college ex Val, it seems like they may have finally gotten the help they've so desperately craved. But things aren’t as simple as they seem, and Jess must wrestle for control over their illness, their identity, and their life before it's too late.
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Transgressions

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  • Shaun Leisher:
    29 Apr. 2020
    Another brilliant play by Brenner that plays with our concept of time and reality while also teaching us so much about life. Brenner takes on the idea of codependency and toxic relationships in such a visceral and often times uncomfortable way. Hopefully when we are all able to gather again we are able to sit in the discomfort and insight this play produces.
  • Nicholas Vasilios Pappas:
    26 Apr. 2020
    A heartfelt, visceral, small-cast play that covers so much in a short amount of time. A.A.'s dialogue flies off the page as Jess grapples with several abrupt life changes and the world seems to crumble around them.

    (The world premiere was curtailed by COVID-19! Check this play out, give it some love.)

Character Information

  • Jess Abramson
    late 20s,
    Any / Jewish (not all Jews are white)
    ,
    Nonbinary, Trans Masculine, Masculine-of-center
    Late 20s/early 30s. Masculine-of-center nonbinary person. A poet. Diagnosed with breast cancer weeks after being dumped by their (now ex-)fiancé, Tash. Trying to keep it all together but feeling beaten down and alone.
  • Val De Luca
    late 20s,
    Latinx
    ,
    Female or nonbinary
    Late 20s/early 30s. Jess's first girlfriend / ex from college. Immigration activist.Wears a lot of lipstick and flannel and prides herself on being a rebel. The kind of person who orders a Mai Tai at a dive bar.
  • Natasha "Tash" Silver
    mid-late 20s,
    Any Race / Jewish (not all Jews are white)
    ,
    Female
    Mid-late 20s. Jess's ex-fiancé. An actress who can't find her light. Broke off the engagement and left New York for Israel to find herself. Bisexual femme queen. Tender heart. Looking for love in all the wrong (external) places.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Columbia University School of the Arts - MFA Playwriting Program
    ,
    2020