Plays and Books

Daphne Byrne | Bethany | Mine

Daphne Byrne

(art by Kelley Jones, colors by Michelle Madsen)
Published by DC Comics, Hill House Comics

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In the gaslit splendor of old New York, rage builds inside fourteen-year-old Daphne. She’s just lost her beloved father,  and her grief-stricken mother is easy prey for a group of occultists promising to contact her dead husband. Struggling to free her mother from these charlatans, Daphne begins to sense a strange, insidious presence in her own body…an entity with unspeakable appetites. He calls himself her “Brother”.  What does he want? And could she even stop him if she tried?

“An expert case of slow-burn horror… Daphne Byrne solidifies itself as one of the most unsettling comics on the stands today.”

– James Ferguson, Horror DNA

“Some of the most frightening comics pages of 2020”

—Chase Magnett, ComicBook.com

“Dark, brooding, and delightfully disturbed in its coming-of-age underpinnings, Daphne Byrne will send shivers down your spine.”

– AiPT

“A truly disturbing nightmare… even more disturbing when you realize that it’s being told through the eyes of a young girl.”

– Ray Goldfield, Geek Dad

“I was holding my breath the entire time I was reading… If there was ever a book where the author and the artist were better suited, I don’t know what it is.”

– Tony Farina, DC Comics News

Bethany

Published by Northwestern University Press (trade edition) and Dramatists Play Service (acting edition)

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Amazon | Northwestern University Press | Dramatists Play Service

At the height of the foreclosure crisis, single mother Crystal loses more than her house. She struggles to stay positive, though—with plenty of help from a roommate with conspiracy theories, a motivational speaker with a secret, and her colleagues at the local Saturn dealership. But optimism is no match for a bad economy, and before long Crystal’s desperate quest to regain what she’s lost turns into the fight of her life. This darkly comic thriller explores just how far we’ll go to get back what’s ours.

“Impressively, the playwright, Laura Marks, has managed to wrench something almost Greek out of yesterday’s headlines and, with a supremely balanced sense of storytelling and an economic gift for language, announces herself here as a real talent to watch.”

The New Yorker

“Rare among new American plays in the clear, compassionate attention it pays… Ms. Marks’s disturbing, incisive drama suggests that the bruising exigencies of our depressed economy are scraping away at the surface civilities of American life…”

New York Times (Critic’s Pick)

“In Hebrew, the word ‘Bethany’ means ‘house of misery’ or ‘poor house.’ But don’t let the etymology fool you. There are dramatic riches here.”

Village Voice

“A brisk Hobbesian thriller…Marks dances the razor’s edge.”

New York Magazine

Bethany starred America Ferrera in its Off-Broadway premiere, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, produced by the Women’s Project.  It received Lucille Lortel nominations for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Lead Actress as well as the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers. 

Mine

Published by Dramatists Play Service

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As a first-time mother about to have a home birth, Mari is certain of one thing: she can’t wait to hold her baby. The next morning, she’s certain of something else: the baby in her arms is not her baby. A contemporary thriller with age-old roots, MINE explores an unseen world where doubt and certainty blur and madness vies with reality.

“Arresting and intensely personal… you watch the piece with a mounting sense of dread… [Laura Marks is] a strikingly intimate young writer.”

– Chicago Tribune

“Chilling… Marks does something bold and takes the play into deeply disturbing, new psychological territory.”

– Huffington Post

“An intense psychological thriller…the kind of story we might have seen on Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone, walking the line between reality and the supernatural… It will twist you in unforeseen ways.”

-Around the Town Chicago

“Deeply personal, deeply emotional… both haunting and sympathetic… fascinating.”

-Chicagoist

“Terrifying.”

– Chicago Theatre Review

Mine premiered at the Gift Theatre in Chicago, directed by Marti Lyons. 

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