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Publisher's Summary

Two rooftops in suburban Ohio. A 75-year-old man and a nine-year-old girl sit on houses full of secrets. Literally. Bernard wants nothing more than to enjoy his beer (and perhaps kill a few sparrows), but Rory next door has different plans for him.  

With six decades between them and only four chance encounters to connect, these unlikely new friends unearth what's buried in each other and find new ground.  

Warning: This play includes tap dancing, pumpkin throwing, and air-hugging. The Net Will Appear was edited and mixed by Tyler Whitlatch of Plunk Production and sound designed by Nick Long.  

About Matilda Lawler (Rory): Matilda Lawler is currently a series regular on Station Eleven, a limited series for HBO Max based on the novel by Emily St. John Mandel. She portrays young Kirsten, the story’s protagonist. Matilda played the titular role in the Disney+'s original movie Flora and Ulysses directed by Lena Kahn. Matilda played Michaela McManus' daughter in The Block Island Sound by the McManus Brothers for Netflix. On stage, Matilda originated the role of Honor Carney on Broadway in The Ferryman, written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, which won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Play. Matilda made her professional stage debut in The Net Will Appear starring opposite Richard Masur.  

About Richard Masur (Bernard): Richard Masur is an American character actor who has appeared in more than 80 films. From 1995 to 1999, he served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Masur currently sits on the corporate board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. He is best known for Nick Lobo on Rhoda (1974-1977), Stanley Uris in the TV miniseries It (1990), and Edward L. L. Moore on Younger (2016-2018). 

©2016 Erin Mallon (P)2021 Erin Mallon

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Erin has turned me into a Audio Play junkie! I never knew I would enjoy them so much. Bernard and Rory are the type of characters you can't help but fall in love with. The kinda grumpy old man and the very talkative and uncensored pre-teen girl. They are such an unlikely pair that really do help each other so much more than they even realize. As always with Erin's Audio Play's the storyline is so funny with the satire feel but with a deep and important meaning. I love the play but I also loved the actors so much, I feel like this play was written with them in mind because the casting was just that perfect! If you haven't checked out an Erin Mallon Audio Play yet... DO IT NOW!

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The Net Will Appear

How have I not reviewed this yet?!
I re-listened today and forgot how much I loved these characters.
Bernard is dealing with life and how to cope with what is coming next. And he befriends Rory in the most unlikeliest of ways and I am so hear for it. It is done with wit and charm with the touches of real life. I just thoroughly enjoyed it.
Please if you haven’t taken a listen do yourself a favor and give it a listen it will make your heart happy. (air hugs)

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Best ever audio play yet! I absolutely loved this one. Great story & narration!

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Hilarious and Heartfelt!

I loved this refreshing, sweet, and hilarious play about the unlikely rooftop friendship between Bernard and Rory! Bernard is 75 years old and likes drinking on his roof alone while bird watching. Rory is a talkative nine year old just looking for a friend. She is smart but naïve and Bernard's dry sarcasm makes their conversations so hilarious. Rory eventually wears Bernard down and they forge a sweet and silly friendship. Their conversations cleverly reveal very personal moments in their lives making me laugh, cry, and gasp.
Matilda Lawler, and Richard Masur were absolutely brilliant as Rory and Bernard. They completely encapsulated these captivating characters, with their contagious enthusiasm, and dry wit, making me feel all the hope, joy, and sorrow they felt.
Mallon's ability to see life with all it's joys and difficulties and then create something witty, with heartfelt emotion is superb. This is a quick listen I will love to listen to again and again!

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Exceptional!!

Erin mother f&*%ing Mallon folks!!! How the heck do you always write these magnificent plays?? You give me moments of laughter, moments of tears, moments of awkwardness. You are truly exceptional at writing these humorous plays that give you every bit of the feels.

This story of a very rambunctious and lonely girl who befriends who very lonely neighbor is absolutely perfection. It is kismet that they met, when they needed each other so much. Both of their stories break your heart a little bit. But their stories are so relatable, which is what makes this even more poignant.

Matilda the little girl who plays Rory is truly phenomenal. Like talent beyond her years. She is what I imagine is the more loud version of Erin as a child. Richard was also exceptional. He made you want to just give him the biggest hug. I loved this play. Erin never ever stop writing these plays.

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A Bazillion stars 🌟🤩

I expected a lot and got so much more. Erin, perfectly written and recorded. Matilda and Richard... no words are adequate. I laughed so hard. I had some tears at the end.

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  • 05-28-21

Incredible Play!

I absolutely loved this Play! Erin’s writing is incredible and the actors made it come to life! So much humor and sadness and an array of emotions throughout!

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An Unexpected Friendship

This play was great! Erin Mallon has the ability to put words together that draw you in from the first line. There were some real funny moments in this play, but you also get the seriousness, sadness, and loneliness that these two characters are feeling. This play just proves that everybody needs a connection, and sometimes you out your faith and trust into someone you never imagined would be in your life. The narration was off the chain!!! These two knocked it out of the park. I could actually see them across from each other having these conversations. I wish there was an option to rate this higher because it deserves a solid 10/10!!

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Fantastic play!

What an amazing play by Erin Mallon. Unforgettable characters that will make you laugh as well as make you FEEL. I loved the banter between Bernard and Rory. Their stories will move you.The narrators, Matilda Lawler and Richard Masur nailed it! Definitely worth the listen.

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Sweet, genuine and hilarious!

The Net Will Appear by Erin Mallon is wonderful!

I had the delightful honor of listening to an ALC of The Net Will Appear and it is fantastic! Erin’s script is beautifully written. I laughed so hard that I cried! I also ugly cried a little. It’s funny, sweet, heartbreaking, and utterly charming.

Matilda Lawler & Richard Masur have such genuine chemistry! Rory & Bernard’s friendship is unique and completely endearing. It’s delightful, emotional, and genuine. The sound effects are fantastic! They contribute seamlessly to the immersive audio experience.

The interview with Richard and Matilda is so sweet! These two incredible talents discuss their first meeting and instant friendship.

If you haven’t already ordered this lovely play, I highly recommend doing so!

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  • 05-27-21

Hilarious, Quirky good times again from Erin!

This is another amazing play audiobook done by Erin Mallon. Her creativity abounds again in her latest play of two unlikely characters who become strong allies and friends with one another. This is likely my favourite so far because it really showcases Erin vive and willingness to see life for all it’s worth and expressing life in all it’s quirkiness and realism that I have come to expect in Erin’s plays.

Rory is a precocious little girl, and is beautifully played by Matilda Lawler. I think that in real life Matilda is like Rory in saying what ever is on her mind.

Bernard’s gruff older grumpiness is prefect as well. And he is kinda like a grandfather character here.

This book had me in tears of laughter and giggles as Rory tries to find the appropriate words she is trying to express, and ‘Nard’s assistance in educating her left me with a smile on most of the day. Then that ending almost pulled my heart out in tears of sadness but also leapfrogged me with hope for the future for this unlikely duo and their friendship in the future.

Amazing book/play and fantastic audiobook with spectacular characters played by ultimate professionals.

Bravo to Erin Mallon and to Matilda Lawler and Richard Mazur.

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  • Readers Together
  • 05-26-21

Brilliant

Once again, Erin Mallon showcases her amazing talent for writing engaging plays that not only make you laugh but tug at your heartstrings as well. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The way Erin layers in series subject with humour is nothing short of brilliant. Take this audio play for example. You have an older gentleman that just wants some peace, he’s dealing with some difficult issues that we come to find out more about through the course of the play, and he’s pretty much harassed by his hyperactive nine-year-old neighbour, who is a sweet girl with no boundaries that clearly just wants someone to talk to. They are an unlikely match but watching their friendship grow was beautiful. There were so many laugh out loud moments, but then, you’d be hit in the gut by a revelation that leaves your heart hurting. Add in that the entire play is set on their rooftops, and it is the perfect story in these social distancing times. It perfectly showcases how connections can be made and the affect they can have on a person.

Matilda Lawler and Richard Masur were perfectly cast for the play and reviving their roles for the audio play was not only a good decision but the only one. I can’t imagine anyone else giving these characters life the way that these two did. The embodied these characters. The production was wonderful with sound effects that enhance the story.

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 05-26-21

Witty, unique and with lots of genuine emotions

One more unforgettable play by this author. This unexpected friendship between an old man and a little girl will bring you to tears between two bouts of laughter.

The life dramas they talk about are of the tragic kind, but their interactions are full of humor and energy–thanks to Rory who’s sharp but too new to life to understand what’s happening around her, while poor Bernard, who’s been kind of removed from life for too long, learns again how to let someone in. It was fascinating to see their relationship change and move forward in just 4 incredible encounters.

Characters, situations and dialogues were up to par for the author. Witty, unique and with lots of genuine emotions. The bubbly energy of the young child and the gruff demeanor of the old man were interpreted amazingly by two talented actors. Their performance was so good that you could practically see them, just by listening to them.