Skylar (Working Title)

Skylar (Working Title)

by Colleen Murphy

March 28, 2021

Skylar (Working Title)

As part of Theatre Network’s 2021 Works in Progress Series

(A Morris Foundation/Theatre Network Commission)

Live-streamed Sunday, March 28 at 2pm MT

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Today 17-year-old Emma is setting up her high school science experiment using saliva from the family dog, Axel. Her half-brother, Danny, turns 25 today and when he gets home from work there’ll be a family party. Violet, Emma’s mom, is making a birthday cake but she’s mad because someone ate the jam she planned to use.  Danny and Emma’s father, Winston, just bought a brand new fan but it’s not working and the June heat wave is relentless.

The Blaze family is an ordinary working class family who are happy in their own dysfunctional way… but today things are set in motion that will blow a hole through all their lives.

March 28, 2021

Live-streamed Sunday, March 28 at 2pm MT



Colleen Murphy

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