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Anna Bella Eema

Lisa D’Amour
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On the day my little girl made a girl, the temperature was 91 degrees at sunrise. The trailer home felt like the inside of a wolf’s mouth. My girl skipped her bed-jumping, brushed her white teeth and started talking something like this . . .

Ten-year-old Anna Bella and her hermetic mother Irene live in a decaying trailer on the edge of town. When interstate highway development threatens their home, Anna Bella brings to life a new girl from the mud in the trailer park. Together, they navigate mythology, Frankenstein and police chases in a fiercely hypnotic tale about survival and the mother/daughter bond.

A haunting, rhythmic ‘ghost story’ from Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D’Amour. Anna Bella Eema opened at the Arcola Theatre, London, in September 2019.

Critic Reviews

A stunning act of theatrical alchemy.

San Francisco Chronicle
Critic Reviews

Its beauty and its depth are almost beyond language other than its own.

Austin Chronicle
Critic Reviews

A poetic hymn to American transcendentalism.


Lisa D’Amour is an Obie Award-winning playwright and one half of PearlDamour, an interdisciplinary performance company she runs with Katie Pearl. Her work has been produced by theaters such as Steppenwolf Theatre, Children’s Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, the Walker Arts Center, and the Kitchen. D’Amour received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and currently splits…

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