This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

CoHo Season 22

February 9 – March 3, 2018

CoHo Productions with Tamara Carroll & Beth Thompson present

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Directed by Tamara Carroll
Featuring Alex Ramirez, Jennifer Rowe and Beth Thompson


This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing is an expressive, cyclical fable fit for all ages, especially for the brave, curious ones who follow their heart to find home.

“Thrice upon a time, a girl was born.”

10-year-old triplet sisters are abandoned in the woods by their heartbroken father on a snowy night. Beatrix follows the direction of her departed dad and the setting sun, believing her own bright energy can warm anyone’s heart. Albienne has a strong appetite for cakes and battle, and goes off in the opposite direction to explore the unknown. Carmen cannot move forward or back, she is best at staying still, oddly silent, helpful to others in need. So the sisters separate, but remain connected, while facing fantastical, touching adventures: they wage wars, win wealth, make homes and travel in lighthouses under the sea. Seasons change, years pass, and they become grown women – eventually returning to the same but different place, reunited as family.


 somewhere between hilarious and human” – Luca, age 9, Big Kids Magazine

“Fables stay with us our entire life because they continue to teach and inform us., clarify choices when we come to crossroads early on in life and unveil what is to be gained in times of turmoil.” –StageMilk

‘Children demand imagination and clarity while adults deserve it. This is the secret of fables and fairy stories and it’s the standard by which theatre for children can best be judged. By that measure – and plenty of others beside… ‘This Girl Laughs’ succeeds admirably’. – The West Australian


Finegan Kruckemeyer has had 81 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages, and was an inaugural recipient of the $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. This year 46 seasons (including 14 premieres) are presented worldwide. In Germany, he is represented by Rowohlt Agency.

To date, Finegan’s plays have had seasons in: over 100 international festivals; all Australian states/territories; ten US national tours; five UK national tours; and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), Ireland’s Dublin Theatre Festival (two works), Scotland’s Imaginate Festival (two works), Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre, New York’s Lincoln Center for the Arts and New Victory Theater (three works), and DC’s Kennedy Center for the Arts (three works)…

Finegan was born in Ireland, and came to Adelaide, Australia aged eight. In 2004, he moved with his wife Essie to Hobart, Tasmania, from which he now writes for national/international companies. He is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within.