by  Catherine Trieschmann

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f

"The work of a big accomplished writer's voice...a gem of a discovery." - The New York Times
"Gorgeous almost beyond belief." - The London Times

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  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Fourteen year old Laney arrives in Oxford, Mississippi with a twisted back, a mother in crisis and a burning desire to be writer. When she befriends Maribel Purdy, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her from the humiliations of high school, Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother's secular worldview and threatens to tear their fragile relationship apart.

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"The work of a big accomplished writer's voice...a gem of a discovery." - The New York Times

"Gorgeous almost beyond belief." - The London Times

"This is a wonderfully neat play, at once simple and complex, grappling with big issues - matters of faith, fantasy and the flesh - while keeping its sneakers firmly planted on the suburban topsoil of adolescent angst and domestic frictions." - The Daily Telegraph


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Oxford, Mississippi. The Water’s house - living room, porch. High school stadium bleachers. Church sanctuary.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


LANEY WATERS - 14; has dystonia, which causes one of her shoulders to draw up, as though she has a slightly hunched back.
ELISE WATERS - 40s; Laney’s mother.
MARIBEL PURDY - 16; Laney’s friend; chubby and radiant.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


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Catherine Trieschmann

Catherine Trieschmann’s plays include The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, Crooked, How the World Began, Hot Georgia Sunday, The Most Deserving, Holy Laughter, OZ 2.5 and One House Over. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway at the Women’s Project, the Bush Theatre (London), Out of Joint at the Arcola Theatre (London), So ...

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crooked was first performed in a workshop production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2004. It was directed by Elena Hartwell. crooked premiered Off-Broadway at The Women’s Project in New York City in April 2008. It was directed by Liz Diamond.

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