Leo has a wife and needs a kidney. Ben needs a kidney and is desperate for human connection. Maddy believes giving away her kidney will redeem her. Leyla longs to live her life and thinks that means she may have to leave Leo behind. Moss deals in flesh, seeking the highest bidder.
Maddy becomes entrenched in Leo, Leyla and Ben’s psyches. But who is this woman who has the power to change their lives? Is there any such thing as a gift with no strings attached? A journey into the underbelly of bartering for your organs…and perhaps for your soul.
WHO WILL LIVE? WHO WILL DIE? AT THE HIGH HOLIDAYS WE ASK FOR IT TO BE SEALED, BUT WHAT IF WE GET A CHOICE?
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JENNIFER MAISEL ‘s Pen West Literary Award finalist There or Here was workshopped at PlayPenn before its critically acclaimed run in New York; it is currently under option for a London premiere. Her The Last Seder premiered Off-Broadway after productions in Chicago, D.C. and Los Angeles (Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA Project). Plays include Goody Fucking Two Shoes (ATL’s Humana Festival), birds (Rorschach Theatre), Eden (Theatre of NOTE, Original Works Publishing) and Match ( developed at UArts New Play Festival, Berkshire Playwrights Lab). Awards: Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award, Charlotte Woolard and Roger L. Stevens awards; SCR’s California Playwrights Competition; two time PEN West Literary Award finalist; five time Heideman Award finalist, STAGES International finalist. Her #Sandy, Choke Chain and What the Heart Wants were produced in The Car Plays at RadarLA, Segestrom and La Jolla Playhouse. Chalk Rep commissioned her If You Lived Here I Would Be Home By Now for their site-specific Flash Festival and Playwrights Arena performed her Comings and Goings at Union Station. She received an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan foundation commission for Out of Orbit, developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Gulfshore New Play Festival, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab and Cal Tech; Out of Orbit won the Stanley Award for Drama and Cal Rep staged it on The Queen Mary in Long Beach. @thespeedofJake was Kilroy nominated in 2014 and awarded a Kilroy honorable mention in 2015, and had its critically acclaimed premiere with Playwrights’ Arena in the fall. She developed her newest play, The Panther, through Moving Arts MadLab. She writes for film and television, including movies for major networks and cable, television series, feature animation and independent film; her Lost Boy was produced with Virginia Madsen last year. Jennifer is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA Project, DogEar Playwrights Collective, Playwrights Union and the WGA.