Emily has been living with Olivia her whole life.  Olivia is her best friend and roommate, her protector and her downfall.  She can be extraordinarily difficult and time consuming but she is always there.  

Olivia is Emily's Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  

Living with Olivia Cadence Donovan is a play about not just surviving but living with OCD.  


by Allison Shea Reed

in June 2017

NY Theatre Fest

January 2018

RedWit Theatre

June 2018


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Allison is an actor, singer, playwright, and avid Monty Python and the Holy Grail fan.  She is the Founder and Artistic Director of RedWit Theatre. Allison recently graduated from the New Studio on Broadway's Acting and Musical Theatre program at NYU Tisch with her BFA in Drama.  While studying at NYU her favorite credits include leading roles in "A Little Night Music" and "Kiss Me Kate".  


While at NYU she wrote her first (acapella) Musical entitled: "Whackjob" which sparked her interest in playwrighting. In 2017, she performed in her one-act play A-Door Me advanced to the Semi-Finals of the New York New Works Festival and her full-length play Living with Olivia Cadence Donovan, a play about not just surviving but living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, completed a week-long run as part of the New York Theatre Festival.  

Most recently she produced and performed Living with Olivia Cadence Donovan with RedWit in June of 2018 and In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) in January 2019.  Allison has a black belt in karate, is a national show choir champion, and was a part of the top 100 in "Over the Rainbow" Andrew Lloyd Webber's Search for Dorothy in Canada.  

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