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Green Whales

Lia Romeo
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Karen is a 38-year-old philosophy professor who suffers from a rare chromosomal disease that makes her look like a 13-year-old girl. As a result, she has trouble meeting men until her alcoholic sister Joanna decides to set her up on a date with the local pedophile. The real problem is, she actually likes him. In this bizarrely comic love story, two sisters try to figure out what love means, and exactly how much they're willing to settle for.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male)
Full Length Dark Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Lia Romeo is a deft playwright with a wild imagination … The promise inherent in this play is significant.” —Kansas City Star

“Two very different sisters, mourning the recent death of their mother, are forced to take stock of themselves and attempt to find meaning through their relationships with the less-than-perfect men in their lives. Despite the provocative themes explored — pedophilia among them — ultimately this is an insightful (or inciting) and darkly humorous examination of how the human heart’s need to find a human connection can manifest itself in ways that are not always the most edifying. And yet, despite the foolhardy behavior on display, one can’t help coming away with the impression that the playwright believes that the willingness to risk it all for love has its own rewards — making it all worthwhile … [An] edgy, daring play … that’s not easily forgotten. Recommended.” —Gregory M Alonzo, Stark Insider

“When Goethe wrote, ‘Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing,’ he might have drunk from the same glass that Lia Romeo shared with us three hundred years later.” —KC Metropolis

About the Author


  • Lia Romeo

    Lia Romeo's plays have been produced at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Stillwater Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, Forward Flux Productions, New Origins Theatre Company, Jersey City Theater Center, and Xpressions Performing Arts Network, and have been developed at the Lark Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the American Theatre Critics' Association's Steinberg Award for best new play, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has been recognized by the O'Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). She was the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright-in-Residence at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, and she is currently a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group, the Athena Theatre Playwrights Group, and the BMI Librettists Workshop. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers. She is also the literary manager at Project Y Theatre Company, and the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), and a humor book, 11,002 Things to be Miserable About (Abrams Image), which has sold over 35,000 copies worldwide.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/19/2018
Pages 66
ISBN 9780881458060

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

GREEN WHALES had its world premiere on 5 March 2010,
presented by Unicorn Theatre (Artistic Director, Cynthia Levin)
in collaboration with University of Missouri, Kansas City Theatre

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Green Whales is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC