Plays for Today: "The Tragedy of Dandelion" and "Because of Beth"

June 21, 2014

The countdown to 1000 plays on ITN continues...

Play #905: The Tragedy of Dandelion by Duncan Pflaster Play #906: Because of Beth by Elana Gartner

How are these two plays related? The playwright of the first one--Duncan Pflaster--is the person who recommended that we meet the playwright of the second one (Elana Gartner). So, thanks to Duncan and his penchant for spreading good karma, we are now fortunate to welcome Elana to the Indie Theater Now family.

Her play, Because of Beth, is a very powerful and evocative piece. Somehow I missed the NYC premiere production at WorkShop Theatre in 2008, so I am glad to come to it now. Here's what Elana tells us in her playwright's note about the play (Cara and Penny are young women, aged 23 and 15 respectively, who have recently lost their mother):

I have often observed that death often brings secrets to the forefront of a family and changes dynamics between people. These secrets muddle and confuse the mourning process and sometimes stand in the way of fulfilling the wishes of the deceased. Therefore, death can both bring an end as well as beginnings…but not all of those beginnings are positive. I wanted this play to explore the journeys of both Cara and Penny in their mourning processes, including how each grasps at straws to try to control their new destinies.
As for Duncan's latest contribution to the Indie Theater Now library, well, it's hot off a triumphant run at Urban Stages (just closed last weekend). I've already written about The Tragedy of Dandelion on the blog.





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