Published in the Currency Press anthology For We The Young: Five Plays by Finegan Kruckemeyer

‘Somewhere between hilarious and human’

Luca (age 9), Big Kids Magazine

‘Because this tale is broad and universal, just like a life (or three), and can be melded and shaped and shifted in magical ways. And what CoHo has done with Kruckemeyer’s beautiful words is capture lightning in a bottle’

Oregon Arts Watch

‘The most important thing is always the telling of the story – children demand imagination and clarity while adults deserve it. This is the secret of fables and fairy stories and it’s the standard by which theatre for children can best be judged. By that measure – and plenty of others beside… ‘This Girl Laughs’ succeeds admirably’

The West Australian

‘But a simple story told well can grab your hand and take off running, leaving you breathless with delight [and] that’s what CoHo has done’

Oregon Live


Triplet sisters are left in the forest by their woodcutter father. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made – one sister will walk one way, one the other, and the third will stay right where she is. Twenty years later, having circumnavigated the globe, and fought vikings, and crossed oceans, and tamed wilds, and achieved greatness, the three meet again, as women.

Awards

2020 Published by Currency Press in For We The Young anthology
2020 The Scotsman Sessions invited showcase
2011 ATINA (Argentinean TYA Awards) Best Foreign Show
2011 Australian Latin American Foundation grant
2010 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award
Runner-up, 2021 Georgia High School One-Act Play Competition
Finalist, 2020 Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland
Finalist, 2015 CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work
Finalist, 2012 Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award: Best Children’s Play

Cast size

This is a story told – this may be by one, by some, or by many
Previous seasons: 4-30 performers

Audience size

For ages seven and up, all the way to adult

LENGTH

40-90 minutes (a pared-back edit exists for competition use)

Seasons

94 seasons in nine countries
(Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, UK, USA)

2022

ArtsWest, Seattle WA, USA
South Mountain High School, Phoenix AZ
Stevenson High School, Pebble Beach CA
San Clemente Middle School, San Clemente CA
Parker Charter School, Devens MA
Northern Highlands High School, Allendale NJ
North Salem High School, Salem OR
Anderson High School, Austin TX
Red Oak High School, Dallas TX
Garland ISD, Garland TX
Moises Vela Middle School, Harlingten TX
HM King High School, Kingsville TX
Pieper Ranch Middle School, San Antonio TX
Seattle Waldorf School, Seattle WA
St Johns Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg MB, Canada

2021

The Beck Center, Cleveland OH
Childrens Theatre of Charlotte, Charlotte NC
Greater Boston tour/Family Weekend (Emerson College), Boston MA
Avondale Theatre Company, Detroit MI
Yocum Institute for the Arts, Reading PA
Rincon High School, Tucson AZ
SkyView Academy Middle School, Highlands Ranch CO
Hemet High School, Hemet CA
Oconee County High, Watkinsville GA (Georgia One Act Play Contest)
Christ Episcopal School, Covington LA
Waltham High School, Boston MA
Hanover High School Footlighters, Hanover NH
Institute for Collaborative Education, East Village, New York NY
Catlin Gabel School, Portland OR
Paredes Middle School, Austin TX (UIL One Act Play Contest)
Vista Ridge High School, Cedar Park TX
Dawson High School, Houston TX
Perform Australia, Canberra ACT, Australia
Danebank Anglican School, Sydney NSW
Rosebud Secondary College, VIC

2020

The Scotsman Sessions invited showcase, Edinburgh, Scotland
Celebrate TYA Series, Uni of Central Florida, USA
Acme Theatre Company, Davis CA, USA
Pacific University Oregon, Portland OR, USA
Ball State University, Muncie IN, USA
Cedar Park Middle School, Austin TX, USA
Methodist Ladies College, Perth WA, Australia
Tyndale Christian School, SA, Australia

2019

Irish national tour (produced by Graffiti Theatre)
Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and Scottish national tour
(produced by Imaginate and Stellar Quines)
Staatsteater Oldenburg, Germany
Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Wellesley MA, USA
Zach Theatre, Austin TX, USA
5th Performing Arts, Park Rapids MN, USA
Anderson High School, Austin TX, USA
Flintridge Sacred Heart, Los Angeles CA, USA
Manitou Springs School District, CO, USA
New Trier High School, Winnetka IL, USA
Mitcham Girls High School, Adelaide, South Australia
Perth Waldorf School, Western Australia
Shire Christian School, NSW, Australia

2018

Atlantic Theatre, New York NY, USA
Coho Productions, Portland OR, USA
Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, Tucson AZ, USA
Amelia Theatre Company, Fernandina Beach FL, USA
Flat Tire Theatre Company, Los Angeles CA, USA
University of Fairbanks Alaska, AL, USA
University of North Carolina Asheville, NC, USA
Buffalo Seminary, Buffalo NY, USA
Bellows Free Academy, St Albans VT, USA
Booker Middle School, Sarasota FL, USA
Walford College, Adelaide, South Australia

2017

Theaterhaus Ensemble, Theater Gütesloh, Germany
Western Oregon University, Monmouth OR, USA
Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene TX, USA
Centerstage Youth Theatre, Allen TX, USA
Lakewood High School, Arvado CO, USA
St Mary’s Catholic High School, Tempe AZ, USA
Frontier Academy Elementary School, Greeley CO, USA
Adelaide High School, South Australia
Meriden Anglican School for Girls, Sydney, Australia

2016

Spinning Dot Theatre, Ann Arbor MI, USA
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH, USA
Northern Arizona University, Tempe AZ, USA
Guildford Young College, Hobart, Australia
Dubbo Christian School, NSW, Australia
Theatre Simple, Seattle WA, USA (reading)

2015

Prague Festival, Czech Republic (produced by Just This Once)
Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, USA
Spinning Dot Theatre, Ann Arbor MI, USA
Yocum Institute, Wyomissing PA, USA
Hope Academy, Pittsburgh PA, USA
Da Vinci Middle School, Portland OR, USA
Hemet High School, Hemet CA, USA

2014

Theaterhaus Frankfurt, Germany
Anderson High School, Austin TX, USA
Kennedy High School, Natick MA, USA

2013

Pennsylvanian statewide tour, USA (produced by Pitt Arts)
West Australian statewide tour (produced by Barking Gecko)

2012

AmarGinados Grupo Teatral, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Frozen Charlotte, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (reading)
Lakes High School, Chicago IL, USA
Casula Powerhouse/Q Theatre, Sydney, Australia (produced by Barking Gecko/Casula/Penrith)

2011

AmarGinados Grupo Teatral, Buenos Aires, Argentina
ASSITEJ World Congress, Denmark (reading, WLPG Playwrights’ Slam)
University of Pittsburgh PA, USA
Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney, Australia (reading, Parnassus’ Den)

Atlantic Theatre production 2018, starring Lauren Annunziata, Brendan Dalton, Anthony Holiday, Sarah Kowalski, Melissa Mahoney, Cerridwyn McCaffrey, Adam Roebling. Directors Alison Beatty and Tom Costello

Barking Gecko/Casula Powerhouse/Q Theatre production 2012, starring Ella Hetherington, Jo Morris, Drayton Morley, Sarah Nelson. Director Noel Jordan

Theatrehaus Ensemble production 2014, starring Uta Nawrath, Günther Henne, Michael Meyer, Susanne Schyns, Mirjam Tertilt, Elena Thimmel. Director Rob Vriens, dramaturg Susanne Freiling

First Produced

  • First produced by AmarGinados Grupo (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2011
  • Supported by the Australian Latin American Foundation
  • First directed by Solange Perazzo
  • Spanish translation by Martina Amiras
  • German translation by Thomas Kruckemeyer (German agent: Rowohlt)
  • Polish translation by Joanna Derkaczew

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