THE STORY: On paper, Ashling is the perfect person to take care of Mary’s young children: a confident, highly qualified childcare professional with a sunny disposition and lots of experience. But from the moment Mary hires her, something starts to feel just a little off. Is Ashling as wonderful as she seems? Is the misunderstanding all in Mary’s overworked, stressed-out, sleep-deprived mind? Surely she hasn’t welcomed someone unstable into her home, has she? LUCY is a comedic thriller about what happens when you don’t trust the person who holds the key to your front door.
“LUCY is seamlessly layered, extraordinarily entertaining and tricky to classify. A cleverly detailed exploration of childcare as both a kind of labor and a primal instinct, it is a workplace comedy set at home, where boundaries are porous and personal stakes are exceedingly high.” —The New York Times.
“The tense, unspoken judgment that flows between the two women is the best aspect of Erica Schmidt’s dark comedy…The play sends up the absurd expectations of motherhood and childcare, especially in the fishbowl of Manhattan, where moms have been known to treat one another with all the love and support of attacking betta fish.” —New York Magazine.
“One of the best plays of the season! A gorgeously rendered story.” —This Week in New York.