what the Gods gave me

a new work by Eryn Elyse McVay

Directed by Kayla Adams

Miles from any civilization, on a barren stretch of cold wilderness, lies Nevermoore Inn, home to Bedelia, her twin daughters, and her niece Victoria. Once a generation, a disposable outsider is brought to the closed family of women in order to ensure their prosperity and survival. But as Victoria grows more restless with her isolated existence, she begins to dream of life beyond Nevermoore’s walls, encouraged by outsider Henrik. As Henrik and Victoria’s fates become intertwined and Bedelia’s way of life is threatened, the family reaches a sticking point between tradition and the promise of the future.


About Eryn Elyse McVay

Eryn Elyse McVay is a Pacific Northwestern playwright who earned her BA in Theatre from Western Washington University where she concentrated on Playwriting and Acting, and is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Ohio University. Her play “How Sweet The Sound” has been a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill 2019 New Playwrights Conference, the 2019 National Partners of American Theatre Region 7 Selection for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a semi-finalist for the International Wolfe Prize from UNC's PlayMakers Repertory Theater, and received recognition in Distinguished Achievement from KCACTF for their National Undergraduate Playwriting Award in both 2018 and 2019. "what the Gods gave me" received a staged reading at the 27th Annual Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwright's Festival at Ohio University in Spring 2021, and premiered as a full production at Ohio University in Fall 2022.

About Kayla Adams

Kayla is a director, producer, and teaching artist based in Chicago, IL. Most recently, she directed the midwest premiere of "The Dark" by John Patrick Shanley at Pale Horse Playhouse, and assistant-produced "Laughing Song: A Walking Dream" at Theatre Y, which was named one of the best productions of 2022 by The Chicago Reader. She is currently an ensemble member and teaches in The Meisner Studio The Artistic Home Ensemble where she also served as Associate Artistic Director from 2017 - 2021. While AAD she produced and co-produced numerous Jeff Award-nominated and winning productions. Kayla received a bachelor's in Theatre Arts at WWU in 2016.

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