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Tears and a Wedding

Mariana, a 16-year-old Romanian American girl, attends her uncle's wedding in the old country. Amid culture shock at finding the old country isn't as old as she thought, Mariana begins to explore her heritage. Her plans of becoming a social media influencer through her trip is derailed when generational trauma pays a visit. Mariana must enlist the help of her uncle and his fiancée to avoid getting trapped in the same situation that her mother did 30 years before. This play explores the issues of social media, alcoholism, intergenerational trauma and sex trafficking, told as a dark comedy using Romania's cultural heritage as a backdrop.

  • Alexa deBinder
  • Project Type:
    Student, Stage Play
  • Number of Pages:
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Romanian
  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Drew University
  • Senior Honors Thesis
    Drew University
    May 10, 2023
    Specialized Honors in Playwriting
  • Magna Cum Laude
    Drew University
    May 13, 2023
    Magna Cum Laude
  • Theatre Honors Society
    Drew University
    November 29, 2022
    Alpha Psi Omega
  • French Honors Society
    Drew University
    April 12, 2021
    Pi Delta Phi
Writer Biography - Alexa deBinder

Alexa deBinder is a recent graduate of Drew University and has a Specialized Honors in Playwriting. She is also Magna Cum Laude and is a member of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Society and Pi Delta Phi French Honors Society

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Writer Statement

I'm the daughter of a Romanian immigrant and use my cultural heritage as a backdrop for women's stories that deal with universal themes of generational trauma.