JOHN DOBLE

Reunion Run

Cast: 
1M, 1W

Reunion Run is a love story about healing. Two cousins in their late 20s meet at a family reunion. He’s an inner-city school teacher and she’s a career Army officer. They haven’t seen each other in years but, when young, they secretly had a crush on each other.

When the play opens, he’s going through a painful divorce and she’s unhappily married to a philanderer. They confess their youthful attraction and have a tender affair in which she helps rebuild his self-esteem. At the end of Act I, we learn that she’s been ordered to serve in Iraq. Act II begins two years later. She’s returned from Iraq suffering from PTSD, and this time it’s his turn to heal her. Or try to.

On another level, Reunion Run can be seen as representing the divisions in the country. The two characters are, and have always been in love with each other; but their differences are dramatic: he’s a northern liberal and an educator, while she’s a southern conservative and a career Army officer. The play raises questions about whether their differences, and whether the country’s cultural and political differences, can be bridged or whether the gap is too wide and the obstacles too formidable.

Awards: 

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, NYC -- Finalist, December 2015

Production History: 

The New York International Fringe Festival, NYC 2013
Director: Mark Olsen
Danny: Seth Reich
Ronnie: Jessica Myhr

Reviews & Press

[In Reunion Run] there is much to learn from the struggle of these convincing characters. These friends and lovers are different in outlook and core beliefs and their differences provide the kind of moral ambiguity that sweetens dramatic plots. Their struggle for center and clarity is an extended metaphor for all reunion runs, individual, corporate, and political. Too often the race to enter combat recklessly is accompanied by the knowledge that death is likely to result. Yet we forge ahead exercising our humanity and our hubris. Thanks to playwright John Doble for the unsettling yet necessary reminder.

David Roberts, Theatre Reviews Limited

What works about this play is its ability to showcase post deployment reintegration. Jessica Myhr (Ronnie) portrays an Army officer dealing with post traumatic stress syndrome beautifully.

Mary Beth Smith, NY Theater dot com