On The Exhale

by  Martin Zimmerman

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1f

"A carefully wrought study of a mother undone by loss [...] On The Exhaleapproaches the subject of American gun violence from a startlingly original perspective." - The New York Times

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  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
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    Target Audience

    • Adult

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When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime – and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem.

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"A carefully wrought study of a mother undone by loss...On the Exhale approaches the subject of American gun violence from a startlingly original perspective." - The New York Times, Read More 

"On the Exhale makes its points succinctly and intelligently...it never feels like it's preaching to the choir." - The Hollywood Reporter, Read More 

"Remarkable...The subject has been explored before, but never with this much emotional power." - The Observer, Read More


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Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


ACTRESS - a woman in her late 30s to early 50s
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


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Martin Zimmerman

Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter whose plays include Seven Spots On The Sun, On The Exhale, White Tie Ball, The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero, The Solid Sand Below, and Let Me Count The Ways, and have been produced or developed at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati P ...

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On the Exhale premiered at the Roundabout Underground Theatre in New York City in February 2017 under the direction of Leigh Silverman.

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