Seventeen-year-olds Maeve and Nessa have been best friends their entire lives. Three months ago, they discovered what they had was more than a friendship. When they decide to come out to their families together, Nessa's father kicks her out and the girls scramble to come up with a solution, all the while lying to Maeve's stepmother and trying to dream their way to being grown-up.

You Have To Promise began its life as two ten-minute plays set in the same "world" and since then, has received readings, workshops, and development in Ithaca, NY; West Palm Beach, FL; and New York City, including the latest: an invited Zoom reading in this year's Pride Plays, directed by Jenna Worsham, in June 2020!


AUDREY LANG (she/her/hers) is a playwright, actor, and theatre artist born and raised in New York City. In 2020, her play You Have To Promise was a finalist for American Stage’s 21st Century Voices New Play Festival and her play Rye Bread was a semi-finalist for Play-Makers Spokane’s Women Are Funny Prize. Additional full-length plays (both completed and in development) include alex getting better, Dear Anna, Birdie and Cait, The Field Trip, and Mini-Golf is a Real Sport, Cannoli is Plural, and You Go Down to AC, or, The Atlantic City Play. Audrey’s short plays have been performed nationally and internationally, including London’s Theatre503, Chapel Playhouse, and New Wimbledon Theatre, as well as venues in New York City and Ithaca, NY. Upcoming performances of her work include: Rye Bread (Ithaca College’s student theatre group Theatrists Theatrics), alex getting better (Iowa State University Theatre, Ames, IA), and Sierra Nevada (Spring Writes Literary Festival, Ithaca, NY). Audrey is an Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild and a member of Ring of Keys. She was a 2017 resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm and is an alumna of the MCC Theater Youth Company Playwriting Lab. B.A. Theatre Studies, Ithaca College.


Check out these clips from the developmental reading of You Have To Promise in New York City in August 2018, directed by Rachael Langton.