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Speranza Theatre Company presents a reading of



Written by Dominique Cieri

Directed by John Pietrowski


Young Grace.......Stephanie Windland

Grace.........................Andrea Gallo*

Jeanette..............................Liz Zazzi*

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* denotes members of Actor's Equity Association


DOMINIQUE CIERI is an award-winning playwright, Dramatists Guild member, and a two-time recipient of the Individual Playwriting Fellowship. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College, Vermont. Ms. Cieri’s plays have been produced in New Jersey, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Pennsylvania. Her Essays on Arts and Education have been published in the New York Times, and Teaching Artist Journal. Dominique has adapted 26 plays based on Holocaust survivor stories at Yavneh Academy.

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She is an inaugural member of the Women’s Playwrights Circle @ Speranza, 2021-22. Thank you to Speranza Theatre Company, my intrepid Circle fellow playwrights, our fearless leader, Pandora Scooter, and for the Women’s Reading Series. Many thanks to John Pietrowski for his dedication to the development of playwrights and their work.


The stories of our mothers are overshadowed by our fathers, in a man’s world, where language is not the mother-tongue but rather, the father-tongue. GRACE has always lived in the shadow of her father. In her final day of life, GRACE conjures up her mother, JEANETTE, and her child-self, YOUNG GRACE and the three women take us on an odyssey that spans time, place, and the language of her mother- tongue.

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