The Test

Valerie Work

at The Brick

January 18 @ 4pm

The Test

A partially staged reading

Written by Valerie Work

Directed by Christina Roussos


The Test depicts the "final exam" of a standardized test that yearns to become a play, and thematically concerns self-actualization, identity, feminism, mother-daughter relationships, and the way inanimate objects, crafted in innocence, can return to haunt us. The Test convinces Rat, an exceptionally awkward twelve-year-old girl, to invite her into Rat's household, and ultimately transports Rat, her sister Sam, mother Morgan, housekeeper Josefa, and Sam's SAT tutor Angela to a remote region of the Catskills, where The Test administers a series of custom standardized tests each must pass to reconnect with the others.

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© 2020 by The Exponential Festival.

Art by Mark Toneff.

The Exponential Festival is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), and the Mental Insight Foundation.