Dark Part of the Forest

A forest west of Pittsburgh is the setting for this contemporary drama, in which a serial killer haunts the mind and memory of a protective mother.

Poster Premiere Stages production
Poster Premiere Stages production
Cast Requirements

3 women, 1 man

Set Description

A new house, built in the woods, west of Pittsburgh in early October...and the summer of 1977 in New York City.


Winner of the 2006 Premiere Stages Playwriting Festival


Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.


"Tammy Ryan should have called her new play, 'The Dark Part of the Marriage' instead of DARK PART OF THE FOREST...in the play's potent debut..Joan and Bill's faltering marriage is the main event. What's also intriguing about DARK PART OF THE FOREST is the abundance of fairy tale imagery...Ryan has written no fairy tale, though. She can be grimmer than the Grimm brothers -- but just as engimatially entertaining."
-The Star-Ledger

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"...compact, poetic, turbulent writing...a vivid appreciation of how dark the forest that surrounds us can be...a topic that is both timely and eternal."
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Production and Development History

DARK PART OF THE FOREST was presented as an Independent Artist Project in City Theater's Hamburg Studio, Mark Masterson, Artistic Director, January 2000 directed by Brenda Harger.

DARK PART OF THE FOREST received its world premiere at Premiere Stages, directed by John Wooten, Artistic Director, July 2006.