The West

Second Skin

Performed on the beaches of Southern California, Second Skin returns to the origins of theater as stories told around a fire.

A Words in the World Workshop Presentation
By The West and The Flagship Ensemble

When Quinn discovers her estranged mother is dying, she returns home. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories. What is her mother’s secret? What do the Irish bedtime stories of Selkies her mother once told her really mean?

Told in three interconnected monologues, Second Skin investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one mistake can reverberate across generations.

Photos by Jim Carmody

The Company

Performed by
Claire Kaplan
Sarah Halford
Susannah Rea-Downing

Written by
Kristin Idaszak

Directed by
Kate Jopson

Designed by
JR Bruce

Produced by
Sam Hunter
JR Bruce

“Ingenious choice of The West and The Flagship Ensemble to produce Idaszak's piece (with integral elements of water) actually near the wave-crashing shoreline.”
Broadway World Los Angeles
“A startlingly beautifully done play that’s deceptively simple, subtle, and dreamlike.”
Stage Raw
“Dazzling to watch.”
San Diego Story
“Love is an implacable force of nature, Second Skin poignantly insists, with the power to imperil as well as redeem.”
LA Weekly
“Idaszak’s writing is often beautiful, lyrical and evocative. . . Under Jopson’s direction, the three performances are potent, and at times, spine-tingling.”
Times of San Diego

Production History

La Jolla Shores
San Diego
April 1 – 3, 2016

Isla Vista Arts
Depressions Beach
Santa Barbara
April 14, 2016

Westmont Fringe Festival
Westmont College
Santa Barbara
April 15 – 16, 2016

Annenberg Beachfront
Santa Monica Beach
Los Angeles
April 24 – May 15, 2016