THE FOREST IS SPEAKING.
Will you heed the call?
About The Play
It’s March, 2020, in the first weeks of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the world has gone quiet. Savannah, an 11-year-old girl living in the Pacific Northwest, sees an opportunity to heal our planet, if we can resist the urge to get back to our gasoline-guzzling normal. But Savannah isn’t the only one who has noticed the sudden quiet – the Council of All Beings, made up of fauna, flora and forest deities, see a once in a generation chance to reach the humans to communicate the crisis facing their habitats. If only they can find a human who will listen.
A new play for young audiences from Margaret O’Donnell, Not Normal reminds us of the power we all have to use our voice to make a difference and the connections between all living things.
Margaret O’Donnell is an MFA candidate in playwriting at Hollins University. Her play The Detention Lottery was performed monthly in various locations in the Seattle area from June 2018 to February 2020, and Undocumented was produced at Burien Actors Theatre’s Showcase, Seattle Playwrights Salon, and Saint Mark’s Cathedral Drama Ministry in 2016. She developed On Cabin Creek, Deadline 2037, and Retreat with Seattle Playwrights Salon and Seattle Playwrights Studio, and Detained with Fauntleroy Church. A staged reading of Deadline 2037 was part of the 2020 Hollins Playwrights Festival in Roanoke, Virginia in July 2020. An excerpt from Deadline 2037 will be performed at the 12th Women Playwrights International Conference in Montreal in June 2021. She is a co-founder of the Seattle Playwrights Salon, and holds a B.A. in English Literature from Purdue University, and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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