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BFF ("Best Friends Forever")

BFF ("Best Friends Forever")
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Anna Ziegler
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 58
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0822222574
ISBN-13: 9780822222576
Cast Size: 2 female, 1 male

About the Play:

BFF ("Best Friends Forever") is a full-length drama by Anna Ziegler. Best friends Lauren and Eliza navigate their identities and their relationship as they face the challenges of growing up. BFF ("Best Friends Forever") is a heartfelt story about the friendship between two teenage girls and its long-range effect on one of them.

BFFthe acronym stands for "Best Friends Forever"tells the story of Lauren who is consumed by guilt over her mistreatment of her childhood 'best friend forever' Eliza; this play follows the characters from 12-year-olds through their time as young adults. Lauren is a New Yorker who is split in two by time, living in the past and present simultaneously. When she meets the man of her dreams, she suddenly finds herself more deeply haunted by her adolescent past than before. She is desperate to find a way to reconcile with her past in order to live in the present and explore a new romance. But when Lauren accidentally tells a lie, she is forced to complete a story that, until now, has remained cruelly unfinished.

Looking for a scene for class? There are scenes for two females, female and male scenes, and one-minute cuttings for monologues for both genders. You will like the realistic dialogue and honesty with which the playwright talks about love, loss, and resentment, all strong themes for actors to play.

BFF ("Best Friends Forever") premiered in 2007 by Women's Expressive Theater (WET) the first "theater company in residence" at DR2 Theatre off-Broadway at New York City. The play has been performed in regional and college theatre productions.

Cast: 2 female, 1 male

What people say:

"Sex and cruelty intrude on [Lauren and Eliza's] idyll, and Lauren's eager experiments with boys drive Eliza deeper into her own shell. Structurally, the play swims back and forth through time, bridging past and present. In the latter sequences, the adult Lauren meets Seth, a sensitive young banker, but she finds herself unable to open her heartfilled as it is with mourning for the girl she couldn't save…Anna Ziegler's tenderly chiaroscuro play about adolescence is an unmitigated pleasure…Ziegler's writing is rueful, frank and fresh; her insights into young womanhood feel earned and authentic." — New York Magazine

"It shimmers with lyricism, gentle wit, and a good deal of wisdom…when it comes to the playwright's ability to evoke adolescence, that twilight zone of our lives when everything that we feel is felt so deeply and unwaveringly, Anna Ziegler has few peers in writing about that time and those feelings." —

"The enterprising Women's Expressive TheaterWET for shorthas again introduced us to a female playwright of surprising professional polish…." — BackStage

"…[the plot] hangs on a compelling psychological mystery that deepens as the play progresses, and ends with a genuinely gasp-inducing moment that raises the stakes of everything that came before." — New York Sun

"The play resonates with honesty and insight." — Talkin' Broadway

"The playwright has a gift for incisive characterizations and realistic dialogue…." — New York Post

About the Playwright:

Anna Ziegler is an award-winning American playwright and poet. She studied poetry and fiction at Yale University before turning to playwriting at the behest of one of her professors, the noted playwright Arthur Kopit. He encouraged her to apply for Tisch School of the Arts graduate program for playwriting. Her plays have been produced by theatre companies from San Diego to Berlin, and she has received commissions from the Manhattan Theatre Club, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others.