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Publisher's Summary

Nevada-Tan is a genre-bending new play that introduces us to Nick, a young man who struggles to escape loneliness and isolation in the years following the tragic Columbine shooting of 1999. Nick’s quest leads to a decade-long fixation with Nevada-Tan, a Japanese schoolgirl who committed a horrific crime in Sasebo in 2004. Mixing horror and dark humor, Nevada-Tan is a shocking exploration of secrets, tragedy and obsession, thrilling listeners with its surprising twists and turns.

Special thanks to Elena Truscott, Jake Adelstein, Ryan Murphy, Ethan Stern, Preston Copley, The Lark Play Development Center, Cara Masline, Dave Becky, Grace Parker, Rachel Abrams, and Beth Blickers.

Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler was awarded a commission through the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, an initiative dedicated to developing innovative original plays driven by language and voice. As an Audible commissioned playwright, she received funding and creative support to develop Nevada-Tan.

Note: This play includes explicit language and depictions of violence that may be upsetting to some listeners. Discretion is advised.

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©2019 Leah Winkler (P)2019 AO Media LLC

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Publisher's Summary

Nevada-Tan is a genre-bending new play that introduces us to Nick, a young man who struggles to escape loneliness and isolation in the years following the tragic Columbine shooting of 1999. Nick’s quest leads to a decade-long fixation with Nevada-Tan, a Japanese schoolgirl who committed a horrific crime in Sasebo in 2004. Mixing horror and dark humor, Nevada-Tan is a shocking exploration of secrets, tragedy and obsession, thrilling listeners with its surprising twists and turns.

Special thanks to Elena Truscott, Jake Adelstein, Ryan Murphy, Ethan Stern, Preston Copley, The Lark Play Development Center, Cara Masline, Dave Becky, Grace Parker, Rachel Abrams, and Beth Blickers.

Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler was awarded a commission through the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, an initiative dedicated to developing innovative original plays driven by language and voice. As an Audible commissioned playwright, she received funding and creative support to develop Nevada-Tan.

Note: This play includes explicit language and depictions of violence that may be upsetting to some listeners. Discretion is advised.

Experience this title in immersive 3D audio by setting your download quality to High within the app. Headphones recommended. For more, browse our entire collection of 3D audio listens

©2019 Leah Winkler (P)2019 AO Media LLC
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About the Creator

Leah Nanako Winkler is an award-winning Japanese American playwright from Kamakura, Japan, and Lexington, Kentucky. Hailed by The New York Times as a "distinctive new voice," her play God Said This won the Yale Drama Series Prize, and was produced Off-Broadway by Primary Stages and at the 2018 Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. In 2019 she premiered Hot Asian Doctor Husband, a new play produced and commissioned by Theater Mu. Her other plays include Nevada Tan (Audible Emerging Artist Commission), Kentucky (The Kilroys List, world premiere: Ensemble Studio Theatre/Page73), Two Mile Hollow (The Kilroys List, simultaneous world premiere at First Floor Theater, Mixed Blood/Theater Mu, Artists at Play, and Ferocious Lotus), and many more. She authored a set of plays for Disney Theatrical based in the Marvel Universe and is on commission from the Yale Repertory Theatre. Winkler was awarded the first Mark O’Donnell Prize from The Actors Fund and Playwrights Horizons, the Jerome New York Fellowship, the 2019 Francesca Primus Prize, and most recently the 2020 Steinberg Playwright Award. She was a story editor on New Amsterdam, and previously worked as a staff writer on Ramy, where she received a Peabody Award. She is adapting her play Nevada Tan into a film, writing an animated feature for Pearl Studios (Dreamworks China), and adapting her play Hot Asian Doctor Husband into a feature for Killer Films. She is also currently adapting the best-selling memoir The Woo Woo to television for UCP/Escape Artists, writing an original Catwoman story podcast for DC Comics/Spotify, and is a producer on season 2 of HBO Max’s Love Life.

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A great listen; creepy and thought-provoking!

Whoa, this was not what I expected, but was so so good! A fascinating story based on a True Crime I'd never heard of, I listened to this in two long chunks (though it's broken up by chapters for shorter listening, too). Made me wish there was a bookmark or highlight feature in Audible because so many parts -- about how we label people, about the difference between raw talent and privilege, etc., - were so interesting and made be go "huh!" aloud while listening.

But it was also just an entertaining and often funny story about what it's like to be a real loser in high school, the kind people are scared of. Thought the writing was so smart, and the performances great! Now I wanna see the movie or TV show based off of it, haha.

Totally recommend!

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disturbing

very well written. sound mixing was awesome. very disturbing and not for easily offended. but highly recommended.

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the best!

The best audible I've ever heard. Thrilling and beautifully written! Will listen again! love it!

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Creepy and engrossing

This is a wonderful old-school radio drama in the best way. Leah has taken a spine-tingly creepy story and adapted it for the myriad opportunities and strengths of audio storytelling. Steven Boyer’s performance is just incredible. If you’re a fan of true crime and/or psychological mysteries that investigate the dynamics of toxic masculinity (oof, or if you just want a genuinely fun and creepy yarn!) you need to get this.

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Eery, Dramatic, Captivating

Extremely well acted and engineered. The story was fascinating and disturbing. I would highly recommend.

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Something Different

This isn’t a topic I’d normally select but with the Pandemic and Shelter in Place decided to do different. Glad I did. It’s different, eerie, and walks the lines of bullying and mental illness. The performances were top notch and really take this work to a new level. Try it!

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pretty good

This was short, but definitely got my attention. I loved the story line and the different characters. So neat how the background noise kept changing. It kept it interesting to say the least. Not boring at all! Got this for free and I'm impressed.

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Absolutely Brilliant from Start to Finish

I want to see this staged. Beyond brilliant! Just absolutely out of this world... I'm speechless.

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Wow

That was a crazy story. So intense! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’d love to read more by this author.

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Hauntingly Delicious

The performances were spectacularly directed in this tautly written horror mystery of the mind. This was my first time listening to an Audible Theatre piece and I'm on the hunt for more! So good!

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