This is All Just Temporary

Olivia Haller

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About the Play

Lauren is a recent college graduate who cannot find a job in her field. Upon moving back home, Lauren learns that her adult autistic brother, Noah, has become increasingly more physically aggressive with the family.  However, neither her parents nor their live-in nanny know exactly how to help Noah when permanent solutions seem scarce. As Lauren's father and mother battle over the choice between institutionalized care and the ever-increasing responsibility of daily care at home, Lauren struggles to identify her role within her family's crisis. When a particularly violent episode becomes the breaking point for all, the family moves Noah to a residential facility. However, Noah's housing loses its funding, and Lauren must decide whether to pursue a life of her own or step up and help her family face the challenge of personal care. 

This is All Just Temporary is an experiential performance that shapes the audience's understanding through Noah's lens. Though never seen onstage, Noah becomes present through bursts of light and sound, echoing misfired synapses and heightened sensory interactions.  As the world seeks the key to understanding this individually unique condition, the family's burning desire to communicate with Noah is explored through shadows, echoes, and a narrative that carries the weight of love.


Olivia Haller (Playwright)

Olivia Haller is a DC-based dramaturg, playwright, actor and Convergence company member. Recent credits: Witch (Convergence Theatre) Klecksography (Rorschach Theatre), Bhavi the Avenger (Convergence Theatre), and It’s What We Do (Capital Fringe Festival). Olivia serves in the Connectivity department at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.  Education: BFA, Theatre Arts, Boston University. www.oliviahaller.net.

Convergence Theatre

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