Imagining Audrey (Drama)
Theme: So many of us have wondered what our lives would have been like if we had taken a different path and made made different choices. Would we have ended up in the same place or been completely in a different place? What part of our lives are a result of our manifestations and what part are our destiny or fate, if there is such a thing. Imagining Audrey explores these questions and melds the two concepts of complete determination of our future and a ‘higher’ influence that surrounds the unfolding of our lives. It’s sort of a fate vs. freewill romp that intertwines the heart and soul of its main character, Audrey.
Genre: A mystical, coming-of-age drama with one actress portraying three versions of her life
An indecisive woman in her mid-twenties unknowingly becomes part of a cosmic experiment, which causes her life to split into three different directions. Twelve years later, her three parallel worlds collide and her three "selves" must figure out which one of them gets the future or all three will perish. In one incarnation, Audrey explores her wild streak and becomes a rock ’n roll photographer and a drug addict. In another incarnation, she speaks out for injustice and becomes an activist attorney who's in love with her best girlfriend. In the third incarnation, she's an extremely wealthy, unhappy socialite married to an unfaithful man.
Even with their very different lives, all three Audreys share some common destiny — all are photographers, all are still in love with her childhood sweetheart, and all have the same son who she didn't give birth to, but is solely dependent on her. Each incarnation of Audrey ultimately confronts her life, her mistakes, and finds her humanity through forgiveness and compassion. Their futures resolve in an unexpected way with a profound sense of unity, personal growth, and inner peace.
AUDREY FRANKEL (25) grew up in love with her childhood friend, HUGH GARLAND. After a brief romance in their twenties, they split up as he leaves for medical school. Instead of following him, Audrey opts to ‘find herself’ instead. At twenty-five, she’s still searching when she learns that he’s marrying someone else.
She seeks counseling from a hypnotherapist, KAREN ROBBINS (54) and goes into a superconscious trance. She has mystical experience and reveals an experiment to discover if more than one version of a single lifetime will evolve the soul faster, which is important to know since the earth is rapidly decaying and time is running out to evolve souls on earth. Soon after, Audrey’s life splits into three different directions. She has no consciousness about it, but Karen witnesses it and works with all three Audreys. AUDI is a lesbian, lawyer and has a baby with her best friend, GABBY. DREY becomes a wealthy socialite with a cheating, older, French husband. FRANKIE is a drug addict, photographer, and free spirit.
Set in Chicago, the three radically different lives have some common elements. Each Audrey has the same inter-racial son who she didn’t give birth to. Each one has a passion for photography. All are still in love with Hugh. Each Audrey has a weekly appointment with Karen at the same time. They learn about the tragic death of her only daughter, JULIET who died at age five.
When Karen dies unexpectedly, the three Audreys to converge at her office and are forced to confront each other and grapple their future. After great debate, forgiveness, and revelation, the three Audreys simultaneously go into another superconscious trance. A new, ‘merged’ version of Audrey (35) appears in their place. This Audrey has the same little boy as her son, is married to Hugh, is also a photographer, but can’t remember anything from the past ten years.
This new Audrey awakens on the day of her photography show opening at Gabby’s gallery, which celebrates all the photos taken from her previous incarnations. She doesn’t remember taking them, but connects with them as they come to life for an instant, re-inserting themselves in time. Though she’s uneasy that she can’t remember the past ten years, she finds inner peace, knowing that this is her ‘real’ life.
In the final scene, Audrey and Hugh are at Karen’s graveside burial. Audrey looks up at the sky. Though she can’t see Karen’s spirit, she senses her presence. There’s an interchange (voice overs) between Karen’s Soul and Audrey’s Soul that reveals the outcome of the experiment. The energy and the urgency of knowing that you only have one life to live each time you’re on earth is the only way to evolve the soul. In the final moment, Karen’s soul receives the ultimate gift. This ‘being’ who has been imagining Audrey all along was really the soul of her deceased daughter, Juliet. Mother and daughter are reunited in their souls, as are Audrey and Hugh.
TONE: Sliding Doors meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
AWARDS: PAGE Awards - Quarter Finalist, 2015 & Stage 32 - Semi-finalist 2015