Directed by Nora Chester*
Music by Joey Contreras
A Home Across the Ocean: When the patriarch of the Rast family dies, his widow and only son react quite unexpectedly, in this surprising and life affirming comedy. The son, Connor, decides the time is right for him and his life-partner, Daniel, to adopt a troubled teenage girl, while his mother, Grethe, suddenly takes up with an old flame – an African poet from London. Their two different but drastic actions provides the spark that ignites the most surprising bond between them all.
From the Playwright:
A Home Across the Ocean is a play about unexpected families and how they’re made. It’s a play about reconnecting with a piece of yourself that you left behind years ago, how difficult that can be, and how disturbing a force it can be for the people you love. It’s a play about grief and its power to transform us, reconfigure us, push us forward into our lives. And it’s a play that considers the question of gay families in a way that, to me, is a little subversive: it doesn’t ask if gay couples should adopt and create families. In the play, that’s a given. It instead considers whether these two men in particular are equipped to build a family. It’s about the durability of family, its ability to survive seismic change and the safety it provides us on the other side.
About the Playwright:
CODY DAIGLE (Playwright) is a playwright and actor living in Philadelphia. Plays: Providence (MTWorks, workshop 2008), A Home Across the Ocean (MTWorks, workshop 2010), William and Judith (Playhouse Theatre Tulsa, 2012), Life/Play(NYFringe, 2007), and Grand Pre: A Musical (UL Opera Theatre, 2012). TYA commissions: Anne of Green Gables(Union High School, Tulsa 2012), The Book of D (AUI, Lafayette 2012), and adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s Wolves in the Walls (AUI, 2012) and Neverwhere (Union High School, Tulsa 2012). He’s a company playwright with Maiuetic Theatre Works in NYC and a member of the Dramatists Guild.