Winner! The FringeNYC (New York International Fringe Festival) Award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting
In Halfway, Nebraska, Sheila drives her disturbed adoptive son Nate across the country. Nebraska’s has a Safe Haven law, which allows parents to leave their children at hospitals, no questions asked. Also in the car is nine-year-old Miri, her adoptive daughter. As the miles tick away, the layers of Sheila and Nate’s complicated relationship peel apart. Halfway, Nebraska explores the limits of hope and what it means to love someone who may be too far damaged to save.
Halfway, Nebraska started as a one-act titled Nebraska by Noon. The one-act version focuses on the car ride itself, whereas the full-length version focuses on the relationships.
Read the play at the New Play Exchange
Nebraska by Noon was first produced as part of the UC-Riverside Playworks Festival, directed by Sunny Kambli. It received a full production at UCSB, directed by Daniel Melnick and then at Taffety Punk Theatre Company in DC, directed by Sonya Robbins. It was a National Finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and received the Kennedy Center’s O’Neill Playwriting Conference Writing Residency.
Halfway, Nebraska was selected for a development workshop through Playwrights Week at The Lark in 2012. The reading was directed by Lisa Rothe. It was produced at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2014, also directed by Daniel Melnick.