Every semester NOMADS pairs 3-6 undergraduate writers with Columbia graduate student mentors to workshop a piece of their writing. It is a process mean to provide playwrights with resources, mentorship, and allocated time to work on their play. This process culminates in a staged reading of a 40-minute excerpt of those plays. This is that reading! Join us in celebrating these writers and listening their original works (or works-in-progress).
2011, the middle-of-nowhere, Appalachia.
In order to escape the wrath of her homophobic brother, Jesse Parker joins forces with Elijah Reyes, an outcast and the only other publicly gay girl at her high school, out of necessity. But as the two women get to know each other, their friendship blossoms into a complicated romance. To get out of their small town alive, the women are more than ready to put up a fiery fight. Four years later, Elijah remembers that near-fatal day, and a story of survival, mental illness, and friendship-turned-love emerges, swaddled in fire and fed with flames.
*This play has a happy ending.*