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Controlled Burn

World Premiere, MonoMyth Theatre, Seattle, WA, December 2016, dir. Cady Smola. Workshop and reading, TheaterWorks, Peoria, Arizona, 2015; Finalist, OC-Centric New Play Festival, 2015; Workshop and reading, Missoula Writer's Colony, 2014. 


Claire's house burns down in a California wildfire, seting off a series of events that forces her to face parts of her life she's been denying too long, including her husband's infidelity and her mother's illness. A contemporary, small-cast comedic drama, the play is about dying and living and how we find our way through both.


Cast size: 4 (3 W, 1 M).

This female-driven, family dramedy dealing with addiction, death, grief and ultimately the pursuit of navigating your own way to happiness deeply resonated with me and our audiences as well... [who] related with each character, were able to draw connections to their own lives, and were appreciative to see a realistic story onstage, without glossing over the heavy or ugly details of the topics. Truly a beautiful, funny and meaningful experience! -- director Cady Smola

Love All is a heartbreaking examination about love and truth and how one affect the others. Driven by full fleshed characters and real life situations that are turned upside down by a revelation, Lojo manages to create a thriller about the most ordinary things in life and it is riveting. -- playwright Nelson Diaz-Marcano

Patty Bonnell, Jason Connelly, Karen Jo Fairbrook and Ashley Salazar in Monomyth's Theatre's production directed by Cady Smola Gillies.

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