In the Open

SOFIA: People have always been not polite. That’s how it is. I mean, it’s not like Jane Austen out there. If you think it is, you’re gonna be disappointed every day of your life.

TOWNE: Aw shit. What do I do now? — I’m not a harassing person, you know? That’s not who I am. At least, that’s not who I was. I never was that person.

IN THE OPEN (12 W, 3 M, 3 roles can be either)

At an elite high school for high achievers, an Incident happens, an escalation of violence, something that never ever happens there. We see some of the lead-up to it, as well as some of the fallout, and we see different entry points and accountings of the same incident, making us wonder if one truth matters more, or if the truth underneath it all ​— that such a thing could happen here — is possibly more disturbing than the incident itself.

Written for Waterwell’s Professional Performing Arts School, NYC.


The Bad Girls Chorus



At Waterwell, NYC, 2017: The cast of In the Open. Directed by James Dean Palmer



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