Waving Goodbye

Waving Goodbye
by Jamie Pachino

Productions (26)
  • Drama
  • 115 - 125 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Large artist's loft with several flexible areas

Waving Goodbye
by Jamie Pachino

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Productions (26)
  • Drama
  • 115 - 125 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Large artist's loft with several flexible areas

Waving Goodbye is the story of Lily Blue, a 17-year-old photographer who loses her father in a mountain climbing accident, and must spend her 17th year with the mother who abandoned her. It's also a story of loss, grief, change, making art, wishing things were different, being stalled, finding love, not turning into your mother, and those irrevocable moments after which nothing is ever the same.

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Play Details

Waving Goodbye is the story of Lily Blue, a 17-year-old photographer who loses her father in a mountain climbing accident, and must spend her 17th year with the mother who abandoned her. It's also a story of loss, grief, change, making art, wishing things were different, being stalled, finding love, not turning into your mother, and those irrevocable moments after which nothing is ever the same.

  • Drama
  • 115 - 125 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Large artist's loft with several flexible areas

Published Reviews

"Jamie Pachino's new work is a beautifully written portrait of loss, rage, change, and the terror -- and joy -- of trusting another person in the wake of personal cataclysm... Pachino writes from the gut and heart in a way that's utterly refreshing...an intriguing work that deserves to be heard."

Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader

"It is to Jamie Pachino's immense credit that the artistic struggles depicted in her moving play Waving Goodbye, now at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, register as powerful, tactile metaphors for human connection and creation rather than as esoteric aesthetic debates. In depicting a mother and daughter -- both of them prickly, emotionally blocked artists -- grappling to overcome a rocky, estranged past, Pachino delicately and unhurriedly builds to a powerful release of genuine feeling. She does this without romanticizing either the challenges of making art or maintaining relationships. ...When Pachino pulls out the stops near play's end, we feel it with gale force. We might say of Waving Goodbye what Boggy says of Lily: 'You have weight. You glow.'"

Downtown News

"Pachino shines at creating volatile, memorable characters. ... The language of the play is poetic, which wonderfully elevates the plot and themes. ...Altogether, this is an ambitious and well-executed play and production that Los Angeles audiences should see before it waves goodbye."

EyeSpyLA

"Critic's Pick. Pachino's... voice rings out with an exciting clarity, heralding what will surely be a career to watch closely."

Back Stage West

"Pachino's script is both moving and intelligent."

LA Weekly

"Pachino's complex and challenging play addresses subtle issues of personal obligation and artistic entitlement."

LA Times

"In this striking original play about a daughter dealing with her father's death, Chicago writer Jamie Pachino gracefully moved her audience to tears without resorting to cheap tricks or sentimentality. Top 10: the best new play produced at Steppenwolf last year..."

Jack Helbig, Chicago Daily Herald

"Highly Recommended: Jamie Pachino's fierce, and fiercely written new play, Waving Goodbye...is unquestionably the work of a playwright who can create fresh, strong, memorable characters, who writes with her heart emblazoned on her sleeve and who has a real feel for the stage. She also knows a thing or two about adult relationships, and about the often irreconcilable needs in the life of any truly driven person, whether an artist or an adventurer."

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"Jamie Pachino has fashioned a sensitively crafted exploration of filial tensions further complicated by the duties exacted of artists... This parable of loss and resurrection...emerges as a...significant step in a career well on its ascent."

Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times

"Waving Goodbye isn't shy about its heavy ambitions. An aching character study that looms as large as its stunning New York loft setting, this world premiere by playwright Jamie Pachino comes with a pedigree -- a grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays (putting it in the important company of Angels in America)...this emotional drama muses over the complex legacies of grief, both debilitating and liberating. An actors' playground...an ambitious script...succeeds admirably...a fertile new work."

Web Behrens, Chicago Free Press

"The whole thing is a surprisingly powerful, touching, occasionally poetic exercise in trying to wave goodbye, one of the hardest and most important things we ever learn to do."

Michael Amadeo, Newcity Chicago

Production History

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Location
FEB 26, 2016 - FEB 28, 2016
West Virginia University School Of Theatre And Dance
Morgantown, WV United States
West Virginia University School Of Theatre And Dance Morgantown, WV United States
DEC 04, 2015 - DEC 04, 2015
Jefferson County Academy of Theatre and Dance
Birmingham, AL United States
Jefferson County Academy of Theatre and Dance Birmingham, AL United States
NOV 13, 2015 - NOV 20, 2015
Point Park University/Pinnacle
Pittsburgh, PA United States
Point Park University/Pinnacle Pittsburgh, PA United States
OCT 30, 2015 - NOV 20, 2015
Jefferson County Academy of Theatre and Dance
Birmingham, AL United States
Jefferson County Academy of Theatre and Dance Birmingham, AL United States
MAR 28, 2015 - MAY 28, 2015
Lovejoy High School
Lucas, TX United States
Lovejoy High School Lucas, TX United States
FEB 28, 2015 - MAR 14, 2015
Marian High School
Framingham, MA United States
Marian High School Framingham, MA United States
SEP 20, 2013 - SEP 21, 2013
Adlai E Stevenson High School
Lincolnshire, IL United States
Adlai E Stevenson High School Lincolnshire, IL United States
NOV 16, 2011 - NOV 19, 2011
Richland College Theatre
Dallas, TX United States
Richland College Theatre Dallas, TX United States
JAN 13, 2011 - FEB 06, 2011
New Village Arts
Carlsbad, CA United States
New Village Arts Carlsbad, CA United States
OCT 07, 2010 - OCT 17, 2010
SanAntonio College
San Antonio, TX United States
SanAntonio College San Antonio, TX United States
APR 02, 2009 - APR 02, 2009
Montgomery High School
Montgomery, TX United States
Montgomery High School Montgomery, TX United States
MAR 26, 2009 - MAY 08, 2009
Montgomery High School
Montgomery, TX United States
Montgomery High School Montgomery, TX United States
MAY 22, 2008 - MAY 23, 2008
Rising Sun High School
North East, MD United States
Rising Sun High School North East, MD United States
APR 15, 2008 - APR 15, 2008
Echo Theatre
Dallas, TX United States
Echo Theatre Dallas, TX United States
FEB 21, 2008 - FEB 23, 2008
Washington Community High School
Washington, IL United States
Washington Community High School Washington, IL United States
FEB 08, 2007 - FEB 13, 2007
Hopewell Headliners
Huntersville, NC United States
Hopewell Headliners Huntersville, NC United States
JAN 27, 2007 - JAN 27, 2007
Forest Lake Area High School
Forest Lake, MN United States
Forest Lake Area High School Forest Lake, MN United States
MAR 23, 2006 - APR 02, 2006
Buckham Alley Theater
Grand Blanc, MI United States
Buckham Alley Theater Grand Blanc, MI United States
MAR 23, 2006 - MAR 26, 2006
MN State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN United States
MN State University, Mankato Mankato, MN United States
FEB 07, 2006 - FEB 12, 2006
Baylor University Theatre
Waco, TX United States
Baylor University Theatre Waco, TX United States
OCT 19, 2005 - OCT 23, 2005
Muskingum College
New Concord, OH United States
Muskingum College New Concord, OH United States
JUN 17, 2005 - JUL 24, 2005
The Syzygy Theatre Group
Los Angeles, CA United States
The Syzygy Theatre Group Los Angeles, CA United States
JAN 27, 2005 - FEB 27, 2005
Aurora Theatre
Duluth, GA United States
Aurora Theatre Duluth, GA United States
JAN 01, 2003 - DEC 31, 2003
Red Hen Productions
Cleveland, OH United States
Red Hen Productions Cleveland, OH United States
FEB 01, 2002 - MAR 31, 2002
Steppenwolf and Naked Eye remount (Metropolis Performing Arts Center)
Arlington Heights, IL United States
Steppenwolf and Naked Eye remount (Metropolis Performing Arts Center) Arlington Heights, IL United States
DEC 31, 2001 - JAN 31, 2002
Steppenwolf and Naked Eye (co-production at Steppenwolf Studio)
Chicago, IL United States
Steppenwolf and Naked Eye (co-production at Steppenwolf Studio) Chicago, IL United States
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JAN 13, 2011 - FEB 06, 2011
New Village Arts
Carlsbad, CA United States
New Village Arts Carlsbad, CA United States
APR 15, 2008 - APR 15, 2008
Echo Theatre
Dallas, TX United States
Echo Theatre Dallas, TX United States
JUN 17, 2005 - JUL 24, 2005
The Syzygy Theatre Group
Los Angeles, CA United States
The Syzygy Theatre Group Los Angeles, CA United States
JAN 27, 2005 - FEB 27, 2005
Aurora Theatre
Duluth, GA United States
Aurora Theatre Duluth, GA United States
JAN 01, 2003 - DEC 31, 2003
Red Hen Productions
Cleveland, OH United States
Red Hen Productions Cleveland, OH United States
FEB 01, 2002 - MAR 31, 2002
Steppenwolf and Naked Eye remount (Metropolis Performing Arts Center)
Arlington Heights, IL United States
Steppenwolf and Naked Eye remount (Metropolis Performing Arts Center) Arlington Heights, IL United States
DEC 31, 2001 - JAN 31, 2002
Steppenwolf and Naked Eye (co-production at Steppenwolf Studio)
Chicago, IL United States
Steppenwolf and Naked Eye (co-production at Steppenwolf Studio) Chicago, IL United States

Awards (8)

Winner: Women at the Door Festival (Famous Door Theatre, Chicago)

Winner: Coe College, New Works Competition

Winner: Boston Theatre Works, New Work Festival

Runner-up: Jane Chambers Award

Winner: Arlene P. and William R. Lewis Playwriting Competition

Winner: Joseph Jefferson ("Jeff") Award for Best New Work, Chicago, 2001-2002

Winner: Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays production grant, 2000

Runner-up: Creative Writing Residency Prize, University of British Columbia, Canada