TO SEE AND BE SEEN by John Mabey


Salome, a cisgender woman, and Rhea, a transgender woman, meet via a smartphone app for the visually impaired. This chance meeting affects the lives of both women in ways neither anticipated.



Salome – Cisgender woman, She/Her/Hers, Visually Impaired
Age 20s

Rhea – Transgender woman, She/Her/Hers Sighted
Age 40s and above



– (2020, Fort Worth, TX) Taphouse Theatre

– (2020, Chicago, IL) QuaranStream Theatre Festival

– (2020, Anchorage, AK) Anchorage Community Theatre

– (2020, Santa Fe, NM) Almost Adults Productions

– (2020, Los Angeles, CA) Scribe Stages

– (2020, London, UK) American Actors UK

– (2020, Miami, FL) Cutler Bay Community Theater

– (2020, London, UK) Ragged Scratch Podcast




Nick Malakhow “ A beautiful short piece that makes perfect use of video conferencing platforms for the purpose of thoughtful and poignant theater. In ten short pages, Mabey manages to craft two nuanced characters who live at particular identity sections that are underrepresented in theater with regard to gender identity and ability, and gives them life beyond those identifiers while still acknowledging and honoring those identifiers. A touching and original variation on the “two strangers meeting” concept. ”

Jackie Martin “ I was able to watch a streamed production of “To See and Be Seen,” and I was truly moved by Mabey’s script. A heartfelt, touching story about connection and the very human desire to be seen for who one really is. This would be great for any short play festival, virtual or otherwise. ”



Approximately 10 minutes



Preview available here

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