Dark Comedy


Abby, a precocious emo-goth teenager, orchestrates a surprise reunion for her mother Tanya and birth father Tom, with the help of her mom's fiance/healer John. Hoping to provoke long-lasting reconciliation between her parents before her high school graduation, Abby's plans completely derail when Tom arrives with his new girlfriend Alisha. Can this family confront their past traumas, "deal and heal?"

 "Teen Dad" subverts popular regional theatre "kitchen-sink beach house dramedy" to share a heartfelt, comedic exploration of generational trauma and recovery in a mixed race Black and Latinx family.


  • 2020 - Max K. Lerner Playwriting Fellowship, Inkwell Theater

  • 2020 - Finalist, Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award

  • 2019 - Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference

  • 2019 - Finalist, Madison New Works Laboratory

  • 2019 - Semifinalist, Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival

  • 2017 - Finalist, Inkslinger Playwriting Competition

  • 2014 - ScriptWorks Seed Support Grant


Adrienne Dawes

Adrienne Dawes (she/her/hers) is an Afro-Latina playwright, producer, and teaching artist originally from Austin, TX. Her plays include Teen Dad, Hairy & Sherri, Denim Doves, Am I White, and more. She received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and studied sketch and improv with The Second City in Chicago, IL. Adrienne is a 2020/2021 resident artist at Colt Coeur and was recently awarded a 2020 MAP Fund grant for her play Casta. She has been an Alice Judson Hayes Fellow (Ragdale Foundation), a Tulsa Artist Fellow (George Kaiser Family Foundation), an artist-in-residence with Crosstown Arts and PlySpace, a NALAC Fund for the Arts grantee, a selected [Go to FULL BIO]