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TheatreUNCA - This Girl Laughs. This Girl Cries. This Girls Does Nothing

  • 04/20-04/22
  • Evening Curtain at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
  • Belk Theatre

"This Girl Laughs. This Girl Cries. This Girl Does Nothing" by Finegan Kruckemeyer.

Directed by Patricia Snoyer Black

From the Department of Drama

"This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing", is a moving and delightful modern-day fable that tells the story of three young girls who become women by choosing to encounter the world in their own distinct way. Abandoned by their father in the woods, the three sisters embark on a tale of magnificent magical realism to discover what life has to offer and what they can offer back. Armed with only their knowledge, curiosity and instinct, Albienne sets off in one direction to find purpose, Beatrice ventures the other direction to find adventure and Carmen remains with the intent to create a home. Written by award-winning children’s playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, this whimsical story is brought to life through puppetry, immersive staging and an ensemble of storytellers. In a story that is irresistibly playful and charming, This Girl Laughs… offers a depth and complexity to the idea of the female heroine that ultimately results in an empowering, visceral experience. It is a fable fit for all ages, especially for the brave, curious ones who follow their heart to find home.

About the Playwright

Finegan Kruckemeyer has had 81 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages, and was an inaugural recipient of the $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. This year 46 seasons (including 14 premieres) were presented worldwide. To date, Finegan’s plays have had seasons in: over 100 international festivals; all Australian states/territories; ten US national tours; five UK national tours; and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), Ireland’s Dublin Theatre Festival (two works), Scotland’s Imaginate Festival (two works), Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre, New York’s Lincoln Center for the Arts and New Victory Theater (three works), and DC’s Kennedy Center for the Arts (three works)… Finegan was born in Ireland, and came to Adelaide, Australia aged eight. In 2004, he moved with his wife Essie to Hobart, Tasmania, from which he now writes for national/international companies. He is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within. 

Quotes About the Play

“Fables stay with us our entire life because they continue to teach and inform us; clarify choices when we come to crossroads early on in life and unveil what is to be gained in times of turmoil.” –StageMilk

Somewhere between hilarious and human’.
Luca (age 9), Big Kids Magazine

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

“This play is about hoping and believing” says young Barking Gecko reviewer Maia 
in her review, “It made me curious. It made me want to know more”. 


  • 2010 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award
  • 2011 Australian Latin American Foundation grant
  • Finalist, 2012 Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award: Best Children’s Play


Public performances are scheduled for April 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. There will be matinee performances on April 21 and 22 at 2 p.m.


Ticket prices: $12 General Admission, $10 Faculty/Senior Citizens, $7 students/ OLLI members (taxes and fees not included). Purchase tickets here.

Contact for this event:

  • Department of Drama
  • 828.251.6610