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Duality tells the story of Camilla Knightley who, while throwing a 75th birthday party for her grandmother, is forced to come to terms with a decade old trauma in the midst of a family gathering.

Duality is the final part in Anthony M. Laura's memory trilogy.

The previous two installments, The Girl with the Red Hair and Shadows, premiered in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

DUALITY THE PLAY
Cast

CAST

CAROLINE GHOSN - CAMILLA

CAMILLA
CAROLINE GHOSN

CANDY DATO - TABITHA

TABITHA
CANDY DATO

SUSAN NEUFFER - STELLA

STELLA
SUSAN NEUFFER

MEG JOSHI - EMILIA & SANDRINE

EMILIA / SANDRINE
MEG JOSHI

CHELSEA MACLAREN - SADIE

SADIE
CHELSEA MACLAREN

ALEXANDRA ROONEY - REGAN

REGAN
ALEXANDRA ROONEY

BRIANNE BUISHAS - ELOISE

ELOISE
BRIANNE BUISHAS

COURTNIE KEATON - LUCY

LUCY
COURTNIE KEATON

OLIVIA HALEY YOUNG - CELESTE

CELESTE
OLIVIA HALEY YOUNG

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UNDERSTUDIES

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CAMILLA
EMMA DAVIDOV

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EMILIA / SANDRINE
RHEANNA SALAZAR

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ELOISE
SYDNEY LAW

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TABITHA/STELLA
MARY YOUNG

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SADIE
 

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LUCY
BRITTANY HERNANDEZ

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REGAN
CHLOE BLUEBELL JOYCE

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CELESTE
NOUR HABBASH

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Production

CREATIVE TEAM

PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR
ANTHONY M. LAURA

PRODUCERS
GABE CALLEJA · SKYLAR D'ANDREA · EMMA DUBERY · ANTHONY M. LAURA · KRISTEN SEAVEY · OLIVIA HALEY YOUNG

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
DANIELLE BURGESS · JACKLYN COLLIER · SYDNEY LAW

COMPOSER
PHILIP LAUTO

SONGWRITER
ROSE HART

STAGE MANAGER
RICHARD URQUIZA

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
CALLIE STRIBLING

PRODUCTION MANAGER
KATE CAREY

SET DESIGNER
CURTIS HOWARD

LIGHTING DESIGNER
SARAH WOODS

PROJECTION DESIGNER
DYLAN MARSHALL

COSTUME DESIGNER
MAYA LAKE

SOUND DESIGNER
PHILIP LAUTO

PRESS
RON LASKO (SPIN CYCLE NYC)

FRONT OF HOUSE
SHERLENE CAMPOS

DUALITY THE PLAY

DIRECTOR'S NOTE

 

We’ve come a long way with how we address mental health.  As a society, we are listening more, allowing ourselves to open up and working to find more resources to provide for those in need.  

 

Why, then, are many still suffering in silence?

 

For all of the progress being made, a sense of safety has still not been established enough for the stigma on mental illness to disappear.

 

The birth of this play originated with knowing that the trauma I went through, coupled with my own mental health struggles, feel just as prevalent today as when I experienced it for the first time in 1996.

 

Deciding to close out the memory trilogy with Duality, I asked myself how I wanted this chapter to end.  

 

In The Girl with the Red Hair, people were moved by Hayley’s journey, found themselves relating to the problems with the system.  In Shadows, audiences were effected by the love story and the tenderness in which we handled it.  I knew that I wanted Duality to speak on memory in a way that felt unique to these characters.

 

After getting feedback on the workshop draft of the play, I realized that, more than any other work I’ve written, readers were really connecting to these characters as if they knew them.  They were thinking about them when the play was over and concerned for them.  It showed me that we were tapping into something that needed to be spoken about.

 

The theme I was excited to explore through each character was loneliness and the different ways it manifests.  The play deals with several different topics, including the choice to die, teenage pregnancy, sexual awakening and young divorce.  They all felt necessary to include to watch these journeys unfold and understand that loneliness lives in all of us, even those who claims it doesn’t.

 

My own experiences with loneliness and coming to terms with the abuse of my childhood brought me very close to Camilla’s decision many times.  There was a worthlessness that would continue to sneak up and somehow remind me that it was my fault and that I wasn’t worthy of the people around me.  This was a lie and it took me many years to realize how big of a lie it was.  Sometimes I look back and can’t believe I made it out.  “The darkness, sometimes, it can feel overwhelming” is something I still fight through.

 

This is why I wrote Duality.  For us, as a collective, to understand that what happens in our head is not always true.

 

I’ve come to realize, as opposed to what I felt back in ’96, that we are not alone.  We share a connection with everyone around us.  That connection also includes sharing darkness.  It may not always be the same darkness, but by listening, we understand our deepest gift with each other is our ability and determination to survive.

 

I hope this play opens up conversations about the extremes that mental illness can have on the mind.  I hope it informs people that it isn’t something you can just snap out of.  Mostly, I hope this play makes us understand that within in each of us is someone in need of compassion.

 

Anthony M. Laura

July 7, 2024

Brooklyn, NY

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