in a word

By Lauren Yee
Directed by Jocelyn A. Brown

Awards and Recognition

  • WINNER! Will Glickman Playwright Award
  • WINNER! NETC John Gassner Playwriting Competition
  • So Cal Premiere

Reviewer Quotes

“ This is a complex and arresting journey... ”

Cleveland Scene

“ It’s a theatrical punch to the gut that will leave audiences breathless ”

Chicago Theater Review

Surreal, funny, and potent, “in a word” explores the complexity of language and how it can impact the ways we see and feel about the world around us. Today is the two-year anniversary of Fiona’s son’s disappearance, and she still can’t come to terms with reality. The case is cold as ice, and the once hopeful Fiona now grapples with sadness, grief, and — worst of all — bad puns. Her blase husband has moved on, the inept detective has given up, and the neighborhood kidnapper keeps introducing himself at the supermarket. In this emotional and comedic look at how tragedy can distort our speech and reality, ordinary words and turns of phrase take on new meanings as Fiona relives one fateful day.

Recommendation: Ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.

SEASON PRODUCERS Bette & Wylie Aitken

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Rachelle Menaker & Eddie Schuller


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Venue Bette Aitken theater arts Center

Bette Aitken theater arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA  92807
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Upcoming Performances
Approximate Running Time:
1 hour, 15 minutes with no intermissions
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