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This family will steal your heart – and maybe your wallet.

Cate, a divorced middle-aged woman, is in desperate financial straits – not only from her divorce, but from bailing herself and her daughter out of jail for stealing. Her control-freak boyfriend Edgar wants to take their relationship to the next level, but he’s too risk-averse to make the right moves. When Cate’s daughters propose an innovative art show at Edgar’s gallery, everybody’s buttons get pushed – including the jealousy button of Cate’s ex-husband, Drew.

“KleptoFamilia” takes a fresh and light-hearted look at our assumptions about kleptomania, at the effects of social stigmas on families, and at the age-old question of “What is art?”

“KleptoFamilia” was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2015 Neil Simon New Play Contest.

Length: Approx. 100 pages
Cast size: 3M, 3W* (as of latest revision)

Production History:
Staged reading in 2014 Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, directed by Juliana Wheeler. Dramaturgical assistance from Ciji Guerin.
January 26, 3 PM
Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside, Portland
A PDX Playwrights Production


  • Cate: Jenni Green
  • Lily: Katie Mortemore
  • Elise: Tanya Gray
  • Edgar: John Richards
  • Drew: Robert Goff
  • Rod: Nevan Richard
  • Franklin: Matt Newport


“This is a witty, fast paced script, grounded very much in Realism, about a family’s attempt at reconciliation and growth. … a sharp, well-crafted comedy with some touching dramatic elements and some compellingly original aspects of story and character. …[The] well rounded depth of [Rod’s] character is something the playwright should be commended for.”

– Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest (semi-finalist)

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