Thursday, November 18, 2021

Water In My Hands: World Premiere at Vivid Stage • December 2-12 


Water in My Hands

by Emma Gibson

December 2, 3, 4 @ 8PM,

December 5 @ 2PM,

December 9, 10, 11 @ 8PM,

December 12 @ 2PM


Sorrel is busy preparing for her wedding even though her fiancé has just died, and Maria’s eyebrows are still not growing back. Gerry wants to know if the weather will improve so that he can lie on his back in the grass. Through a series of interweaving accounts, Water in My Hands lays bare the power of grief, and asks, ‘How do we move on when we are haunted by the life that we have not yet lived?’



Harry Patrick Christian

Laura Ekstrand

Daria M. Sullivan

Thomas Vorsteg

Directed by Jane Mandel




Emma Gibson is a British theatre-maker, now living in Philadelphia. In the UK she worked as an actress in both new writing and classical theatre and also worked as a freelance journalist for The Guardian Newspaper. She was the founding producing artistic director of Tiny Dynamite, a theatre company in Philadelphia, and spent 7 years producing work and commissioning playwrights. Since 2017 she has been working as a playwright and her plays have been selected, developed, read or performed at The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, PlayPenn, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, Spooky Action Theatre Company, DC, Miranda Theatre Company at The Cherry Lane, NYC, and Vivid Stage NJ.

She was recently announced as the winner of The Pittsburgh Public Theater’s inaugural new play competition and was selected for Panndora’s Box, a festival of new plays by Panndora Productions in LA. She has been a finalist and a semi-finalist for The O'Neill New Play Conference (2021, 2020), a finalist for Kitchen Dog’s New Works Festival 2020, a finalist for the Henley Rose New Play Competition 2021, a finalist for Headwaters at Creede Rep 2021 a semi-finalist for Premiere Stages at Kean 2020, a semi-finalist for Ashland New Plays 2021 and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2021. Her poetry has been published by Willowdown Books (Poems from the Lockdown) and Indolent Books (What Rough Beast).