About Staged Reading: Ripe Frenzy

Ripe Frenzy is set in a small town in upstate New York, where the high school is famous for having done the most productions of Our Town of any school, ever. On opening night of the school’s 40th production, a student open fires with an AR-15. Time is slippery as the play submerges us in the before, during and after of the shooting, using Our Town as a framework to examine what has become our new American norm. Told from the perspective of the mothers of the town, the play questions our own culpability in the perpetuation of mass shootings in our country.


Workshop, Ojai Playwrights Conference, 2017

Workshop, PlayPenn & NNPN, 2017

Commission, NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre, 2016

Workshop, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., 2016

Residency, MacDowell Fellowship, 2016


Professional, Andy's Summer Playhouse, 2019

Professional, New Repertory Theatre, 2018

Professional, Synchronicity Theatre, 2018

Professional, Greenway Arts Alliance / Greenway Court Theatre, 2018


Winner, Writers Alliance Grant, Dramatists Guild Fund, 2018

Winner, Smith Prize for Political Theatre, NNPN, 2016


UNDERGROUND is Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre's staged reading company that is committed to reaching out to those that are underserved in our community and other communities, ultimately giving a voice to the voiceless through staged readings of new works. UNDERGROUND is led by Producing Artistic Director, David Lee and Company Manager, Emily Hisey and is comprised of 20 local actors that are determined to tell the stories that individuals around the world need to hear.