full-length dark comedy
4 w

Vanessa, the mother of only child Shelley, faces a midlife crisis when Shelley's angry, teenage rebellion forces her to question her own identity. Vanessa's mother returns from the dead, an imaginary daughter shows up, and her therapist won't let her off the hook. Will Vanessa jump off the roof? Will she kill her daughter with a chicken? Or will imaginary daughter kill her? A dark comedy set in the middle of Vanessa's troubled mind.

"Doppelgänger is a wild, free-wheeling, no-holds-barred trip down a dark, whimsical rabbit hole of love and dysfunction; one of the clearest, and funniest, depictions of a mother-daughter relationship I've ever seen. Brilliantly crafted characters, a loosey-goosey plot that is nonetheless very tightly woven, and a sharp-eyed point of view about her subject matter shows Daly at the top of her game with this piece."   -- Doug Devita, Writer/Director, author of The Fierce Urgency of Now

Development/production history:

  • Developed in staged readings at Goldberg Theater, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY, 2015; and at the Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Workshop, New York, NY (director, Norma Medina.) 2013-14

  • Production (Excerpt): Berrie Center New Play Festival at Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ. April-May 2014

  • Staged reading, TAI Studios, New York, NY (director, Norma Medina.) June 2014