119. PLAY: The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up by Carla Ching


Every month, we pick a play or two to discuss, and this week’s episode is a  play called “The Two Kids That Blow Shit” by Carla Ching. We discuss what we noticed,  what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play. SPOILER ALERT: There are going to be some spoiler alerts! We highly recommend you read the play before listening to this episode!

About the Play:

Here’s what the play’s about which you can read on New Play Exchange:

”As kids, Max and Diana meet on their parents’ date, then are kicked out of the house so their parents can get it on. They are forced to play together even though they aren’t really that fond of each other. Through over two decades of their parents’ tumultuous relationship of getting together, breaking up, getting married and then divorced, Max and Diana are perpetually forced together and become the most unlikely of friends. They see each other through their own marriages and divorces, rehabs and spin-outs, career rejiggerings and epic life fails. But when they actually fall into each other, will they lose the only family they’ve ever known? A play about falling in and out of love with your best friend.”

About the Playwright:

An LA native, Carla Ching’s other plays include Revenge Porn or the Story of a Body, Nomad Motel, Fast Company, and The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness. Just to name a few– her full-length plays have been produced or workshopped by Artists at Play, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Center Theater Group, The Lark Play Development Center, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, The National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays, and The O’Neill Playwrights Conference. She is a member of New Dramatists and founding member of The Kilroys. Carla wrote on USA’s Graceland,  AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, Amazon’s I Love Dick, Apple’s Home Before Dark and the forthcoming Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-created by Francesca Sloane, Phoebe Waller Bridge and Donald Glover. She is currently developing a new project with Netflix.


Cho – Took a trip to Michigan. Met Nik’s extended family. Mosquito bites all over my face… cool.
Sam – Walden by Amy Berryman at Theatreworks Hartford


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Theme Music: “Live Like the Kids” by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O’Dea (APRA)