CAST: 7 women, 3 men, 1 child (non-speaking)
"The premise is so simple and brilliant—what if a divorce were a public event precisely like your wedding, with guests and presents and an officiant and tons of booze?—that it threatens to overpower the show itself. But Arsenault’s sharp wit and ear for honest dialogue, which focuses on realistically mundane details and then telescopes to huge family drama, makes the concept work beautifully. Bring someone to talk it over with after; you’ll surely want to." - The Stranger Suggests
Undo premiered at Annex Theatre in Seattle, Washington, January 18 - February 16, 2013. Director: Erin Kraft. Cast: Sydney Andrews de Salinas, Zoey Belyea, Nick Edwards, Tom Fraser, Amy Hill, Ashton Hyman, Samantha Leeds, Barbara Lindsay, Marty Mukhalian, Ian O’Malley, Jillian Vashro, and Mark Waldstein.
Parade Productions at the Studio at Mizner Park, Boca Raton, FL, January 29 - March 1 2015, Directed by Kim St. Leon
The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, April 20-26, 2015, directed by Andrew Peters (MFA Directing, 2016)
RECIPIENT: 2013 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play
RECIPIENT: 2013 Seattle Theater Writers Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting
SHORT-LIST NOMINEE: 2014 American Theatre Critics Association New Play Awards
SEMI-FINALIST: 2014 Princess Grace Award
The full text of Undo is published in Rain City Projects' Manifesto v. 4, edited by Chay Yew. This anthology of work that premiered in the Pacific Northwest is available now from The Elliott Bay Book Company.
"An exceptionally honest piece of playwriting... ambitious, moving, and deeply gratifying." - SeattleActor.com
Undo takes place in a universe that is exactly like our own with one important difference: in order to get a divorce, you must go through a backwards version of your own wedding ceremony.
We meet Rachel, the "bride," and Joe, the "groom," on the morning of their undoing. As their families gather, it becomes clear that the burden of the occasion is weighing on them all, drawing old wounds and secrets to the surface. A religious proscription that, though alcohol is allowed, food is not, further fuels the group unraveling. While Joe resorts to extreme measures to halt the proceedings and Rachel doubles down on questionable choices, the matriarch enlists the best man as her reluctant confessor, a long-deferred romance is rekindled, and the youngest sister emerges as the family’s moral backbone.