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.
New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, NYC -- Finalist, December 2015
The New York International Fringe Festival, NYC 2013
Director: Mark Olsen
Danny: Seth Reich
Ronnie: Jessica Myhr