By Melissa Ross, Directed by Lauren Shouse
Josephine has a dead-end job, still lives with her mother, and has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of being single at age 37. But when she’s given the possibility of change, she takes tentative steps towards a new life. A play about the tragedy and joy of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be.
Ross’s play Of Good Stock was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club in June/July 2015, in a production directed by MTC’s Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and starring Alicia Silverstone. Chicago’s Gift Theatre produced the world premieres of Ross’ A Life Extra Ordinary in fall 2016 and her Thinner Than Water in spring of 2014. The Chicago Reader’s Jack Helbig said of the latter play, “Playwright Melissa Ross has a gift for creating vivid, believable characters” and the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones called it “superb.” The Chicago Sun-Times’ Hedy Weiss said Ross’s A Life Extra Ordinary was a “gripping, heartbreaking new play.”