Years after the massacre of the Donnelly family at the hands of their community, Johnny O’Connor —the only witness— is still grappling with the reality of what he saw, and what it means to live in a world in which that could happen. Cyclically circular, and unending – Johnny relives the events again and again as the lines between town and family, reality and dream, and cruelty and kindness blur together. And, from that blur, we ask: What defines us, and what differentiates us from those around us? Are any of us any different, are any of us any better than the next? How do we process trauma and when it’s processed, where can we put it down? Can we ever? And finally, what does it mean to live on stolen land?
These aren’t questions Johnny has an answer to, but the asking is all he has left to do.
One: Jim Donnelly / William Donnelly
Two: Johannah Donnelly / James Carroll
Three: Peter Flanagan / Jennie Donnelly
Four: Tom Ryder / John Donnelly
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All characters except for Johnny are double cast. This is a fictionalized account of events and
characters can be played by any gender. There should not be more than three men in the
If a character is not in a scene they are building and tearing apart the house. It should never
be fully built or fully demolished but can veer towards one extreme or the other.
Costumes to differentiate between characters should be minimal and all changes should take
place on stage.
Play contains period-accurate hateful language.