BSR Scripts and Sips: Lauren Feldman’s ‘Grace, or the Art of Climbing’

Up and out

I had the tremendous pleasure and privilege of getting to see this play brought to life for the first time here in Philadelphia.

Emma can climb, but can she pull herself out of a depression? (Illustration for BSR by Hannah Kaplan.)

Grace, or the Art of Climbing was produced by Miriam White and Nicole Blicher (Nice People Theatre Company) and directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh. It featured an extraordinary cast and design team, all of whom taught me so much about the characters, the play's world, and also the blessing that is Philadelphia theater. It was that experience that tugged me back to Philly a couple of years ago, when I was looking for an artistic home. And I feel grateful to be here.

The version of the play I've submitted here is the post-Denver-Center production draft (for which I have Mike Donahue, Liz Engelman, Kent Lantaff, and the Denver cast and production team to thank). It's a great pleasure to share the script with you.



2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
1 cup crushed ice
12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish
1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda

In a highball glass, stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup crushed ice. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass, then tear the leaves and and add to the glass. Stir and add rum, remaining crushed ice, and club soda. Stir again, add mint sprigs to the glass, insert a straw, and drink up.

Click below for the Grace, or the Art of Climbing script

Grace, or the Art of Climbing, by Lauren Feldman

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