Amelia has a job selling memberships to a charity that rescues kids in countries overseas. She’s invested the rest of her life in her beloved television shows, which provide her an emotional haven.
Sonia is Amelia’s mother. She’s been given Compassionate Release from prison as she is terminally ill. She was convicted of murdering Amelia’s father. She’s moved into Amelia’s apartment with the aid of a social worker, Iris.
Amelia has attracted the attention of a decent, sincere co-worker named Ben, who introduces her to a wonderful human invention called a hug.
Can Amelia possibly bridge the emotional chasm with her mother while there’s still time? Will the wounds of the past prevent Amelia from returning Ben’s affection?
Kat Ramsburg is the playwright. She is based in L.A. Her previous full-length plays include Stupid Hope and Wendy Unwritten. Anatomy of a Hug was a prize winner at the Trustus Playwrights Festival. She writes for the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
Steve Jarrard directs. He is Managing Director of the eleven-year-old Collaborative Artists Ensemble. His directing credits include In The Balance, Long Way Down, The Food Chain, Lucia Mad, The Lady from the Sea, Eleemosynary, How I Learned to Drive, many more.
His cast for Anatomy of a Hug includes Kathy Bell Denton, Jo Sung, Leslie Thurston and Meg Wallace.
Anatomy of a Hug explores the inner lives of its leading female characters with considerable depth, thanks to the perspective of its talented female playwright.