THE DEATH OF HAYDEN WAVERLY, THE MOST POPULAR PERSON IN THE WORLD
BY LAUREN WIMMER
The Most Popular Person In The World has died! Naomi strives to replace her. Eli joins the Terrified of Death Club. And when club-leader Nelson gets a terminal diagnosis, all three must reevaluate friendship — fast. A buddy tragicomedy about people with no buddies except for a dead raccoon named Buddy.
DHW was a never-before workshopped play when I first met it. Over a month of pre-production, I worked with Lauren through several new drafts of the script. Using initial staging as a chance to workshop, we continued the editing process into rehearsals.
I directed the play, designed the sound, and created a simple set that could work in rep while still allowing a small but key set of revelations.
Performed at Carnegie Mellon University, Fall 2017
(Lighting by Ying Huo)
and Ars Nova ANT Fest, Summer 2018
(Lighting by Jacob Wesson)