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2015 Kilroys List


Samuel French


"Peerless is neither an over-the-top farce nor a moralistic downer. It's frothy fun, full of goofy dancing and awkward romantic fumbles in the classic John Hughes style. Yet Peerless is as scary as it is silly. It's about anger and cruelty and danger and life and death. It's also about coming-of-age and coming to grips with mortality." - Hartford Courant

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"This is a carefully honed play, internalizing its inspiration’s thoughts on power grabs and fated ends, and leavening them with a darkly comic perspective on privilege, race and societal expectations.” - Seattle Times

"With its staccato rhythms, short scenes, and farcical characters, unlike any you’ve ever seen before onstage, it’s hard to know how to characterize this play, except to say that it’s unexpectedly wonderful…" - Arts Fuse

Production and Development History

Yale Rep (world premiere, dir. Margot Bordelon), November 2015
Cherry Lane Mentor Project (dir. Margot Bordelon), February 2015
Ojai Playwrights Conference, 2015
Old Globe New Voices Festival, 2016
Soho Rep Writer-Director Lab, 2014
Additional professional productions: Marin Theatre Co, Moxie, First Floor, Arts West, Company One, Barrington Stage