In the fall of 2000, two front page stories in a
Moscow, Idaho newspaper attract the attention of Roz
Weber, her nineteen year old daughter, ZoŽ, and her
partner, Stan Nikalaou. One article reports a giant
timber companyís announcement of its planned harvesting
of two thousand acres old growth forest, while the other
describes the discovery of a ďferal childĒ in the same
Soon these events will have a profound effect on the
lives of all three: Roz is the child development
specialist and Stan is the head of pediatrics at the
hospital where the lost child, an abused little girl
portrayed by the press as having been raised or cared
for by wolves, is brought for evaluation and
rehabilitation. Both become increasingly attached to
her, although the traumatized and previously isolated
childís capacity for relationship and recovery remains
uncertain. Meanwhile, ZoŽ, a Vietnamese-born student at
Washington State University in nearby Pullman, has
become involved with a environmental group committed to
saving the threatened forest. ZoŽ, who had been adopted
in her native Vietnam by Roz and her former husband,
Daryl, is to an extent, also a lost child. When she
accepts the guardianship of a huge, ancient cedar tree
as part of the logging protest, her elected isolation
leads to a new sense of purpose, but also to the return
of forgotten memories and fears.
Ultimately, the lives of all are shaken and ultimately
threatened by corporate interests, a traditional medical
establishment, the intrusiveness of the media, and the
violence of white supremacists. While Treed
explores issues concerning the threatened forests and
wildlife of the Northwest, as well as the painful
history of its native people, at its center is the very
personal drama of four unusual people during a time of
Cast requirements: four females, including a young Asian
woman and a girl of nine or ten, three adult males.
Set: Single, multi-level set.
Running time: approximately two hours
Finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award, Abington
Theatre, New York, NY, 2006.
Finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference,
McCall, ID, 2007.
(The Seven Devils Conference is sponsored by the Alpine
Playhouse and made possible in part by the A.K. Starr
Charitable Trust, Idaho Commission on the Arts & The
National Endowment for the Arts.)
Radiant Theater Reading, Portland, OR, 2006
Oregon Stage Works Reading, Ashland, OR, 2007.