Here's what Luke Wortley and Zach Roth, the editors of Axolotl, had to say about my play "The Feeling Down Check-Up":
In the middle of the issue is a play by Kayla Pongrac entitled “The Feeling Down Check-Up.” The amount of paradox present in the title is in of itself puzzling, yet oddly satisfying, in its invitation to interpretation, and as the scene unfolds, the reader finds herself both repelled by and attracted to the strangeness of the world. By the end, as the reader watches the “Three small, red balls…roll across the floor,” she wants both to laugh hysterically and to throw up her hands in frustration at being denied a clear meaning.
"The Feeling Down Check-Up" was performed at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown a few years ago as part of the annual Golgonooza Festival. Faculty members hand-pick student plays to be performed on stage, and mine made the cut. Once the plays are chosen, they are handed to student directors and then Pitt-Johnstown students fill the roles accordingly. The respect and interest that everyone from the director to the audience members showed my play was what made me want to continue writing for the stage (this fall I plan to finish a new play about a couple dining in a unique restaurant setting). If you're interested in seeing the performance of my play, click here. I do apologize for the lack of quality but, hey, at least proof of the fantastic job the director and students did exists.
To see this play in print in the very first issue of Axolotl is a real treat. I'm so thrilled that the editors selected it for publication and handled it with care; it looks fantastic on their website, and I'm proud to be part of what I think is going to be a stellar literary magazine. Click here to read "The Feeling Down Check-Up" and while you're at it, read the rest of the inaugural issue, too. I'm delighted to find that my play is in good company and that the issue is well-cast :D
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