Welcome to the 10th Annual Father-Daughter Purity Ball, where you’re married to Jesus, but Daddy is your boyfriend.
Local news reporter Constance Barrett is assigned to cover the 10th Annual Father-Daughter Purity Ball in Colorado Springs, assisted by her young cameraman, Jeremy, a fellow with abundant opinions and zero filters. She tries to maintain her professionalism and keep her judgment in check, but the undying devotion between 13-year-old Beth Anne and her daddy Matthew pushes her to get personal.
Erin Mallon’s plays have been presented with Urban Stages, New Georges, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Collective NY, Great Plains Theater Conference, Samuel French #OOB Short Play Festival, Project Y Theater, Mile Square Theatre and more. Her play THESE WALLS CAN TALK is now available as an audio play on Audible.com. Other full-length plays include: THE NET WILL APPEAR (59E59 Theaters featuring Richard Masur), BRANCHED (HERE Arts Center, Original Works Publishing), SOFT ANIMALS, GOOD RIDDANCE, STUNNING DISPLAYS OF PROWESS, SKIN HUNGRY, THE OTHER WHITE MEAT, PALE BLUE DOT(S) and COME FIND ME. Along with writer Bixby Elliot, Erin is the founder and co-curator of The Brooklyn Generator (a playwriting engine that creates “plays in less-than-30-days”) and one half of Theater Husband / Theater Wife Project. She is also the narrator of nearly 500 audiobooks. Erin’s debut romantic comedy novel, FLIRTASAURUS releases in July 2020. www.erinmallon.com
A BIT ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?
I came to the theater as an actor and did not see writing coming for me. Then Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way cracked me right open soon after I left college. Journaling turned into writing 10-minute plays, which turned into exploring full-length plays. The first time I sat in the back of a dark NYC theater watching actors tear it up and listening to an audience laughing at a play I wrote I was totally hooked.
2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?
I grew up quite religious myself and am no longer practicing. I recently saw a documentary about young girls’ experiences with purity balls in Colorado Springs. I was instantly wrapped up in a fleet of conflicting emotions and knew I had to explore them in a play.
3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?
Fun, Naughty, Cringey, Insightful, Heartfelt
4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
Music is always a big influence on my writing. I want to capture that feeling you get when watching great musicians play for a room of people: the way they have their “script” (ie. the “notes” are always the same), but there is this beautiful unfolding that occurs dependent upon the energy that particular night holds. I love when theatrical plays feel like that: we – the writer, the actors, the designers, the directors and the audience – are all jamming and bouncing off each other to create something special and specific.
5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?
I spend the majority of my day telling love stories into a microphone.
6. What are some of your favorite plays?
Anything that embraces theatricality and humor while speaking the truth.
7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?
After narrating over 400 romance audiobooks and writing so many comedic plays, I decided to combine my worlds and write my first romantic comedy novel! FLIRTASAURUS releases in July 2020. It’s been such a fun and wild ride. More information at www.erinmallon.com