Martha is a clinical neuropsychologist. Henry undergoes pioneering brain surgery. The brain builds a narrative to steady us from moment to moment, but it is absolutely an illusion. The surgery changes Henry's life, and the history of neuroscience. London, England. There is no me, there is no you, and there is certainly no self.
Incognito - Princeton, New Jersey. 1955. 1953. The Present. Thomas stoltz harvey performs the autopsy on Albert Einstein - and then steals his brain. Bath, England.
Constellations: A PlayFarrar, Straus and Giroux - In the beginning Marianne and Roland meet at a party. Or perhaps Roland is engaged. Infinite possibilities. They go for a drink, or perhaps they don't. They fall madly in love and start dating, but eventually they break up. Maybe they get married, or maybe their time together will be tragically short. Nick payne's constellations is a play about free will and friendship; it's also about quantum multiverse theory, love, and honey.
After a chance encounter in a supermarket they get back together, or maybe they run into each other and Marianne reveals that she's now engaged to someone else and that's that. A singular astonishment. John lahr, the New YorkerOne relationship.
The Effect Modern ClassicsMethuen Drama - Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect. The effect is a clinical romance. This funny, neurology and the limits of medicine, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction.
Following on from the critical and commercial success of Enron, The Effect offers a vibrant theatrical exploration into the human brain via the heart. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off-course, however, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved.
The Effect Modern Classics - It is published here in the Modern Classics series alongside an introduction by Miriam Gillinson. It received its world premiere at the national Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in November 2012, starring Billie Piper and Jonjo O'Neill.
Indecent TCG EditionTheatre Communications Group - Paula vogel’s newest work traces the trajectory of the show’s success through its tour in Europe to its abrupt and explosive demise on Broadway in 1923—including the arrest of the entire production’s cast and crew. Paula vogel is the pulitzer Prize–winning author of How I Learned to Drive. Revelatory…As intimate and immediate as a whispered secret.
She has also had a distinguished career as a teacher and mentor to younger playwrights, first at Brown University and then at the Yale School of Drama. Performing at first in yiddish and german, the play’s subject matter wasn’t deemed contentious until it was produced in English, when the American audiences were scandalized by the onstage depiction of an amorous affair between two women.
Indecent TCG Edition - Her other plays include don juan comes home from Iraq, and The Baltimore Waltz, A Civil War Christmas, The Long Christmas Ride Home, among others. Rich in sympathy and humor, indecent has the scope of an epic but the intimacy of a chamber piece…It celebrates and illustrates the power of theater. Time out new york“a moving and fascinating play…a singular achievement… the historical perspective is vast and knowing…Has there ever been anything quite like Indecent, censorship, a play that touches—I mean deeply touches—so much rich emotion about history and the theater, yes, homophobia, red-baiting, and oh, anti-Semitism, world wars, joyful human passion?
. An extraordinary play.
People, Places & Things Oberon Modern PlaysOberon Books - She needs to tell the truth. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. There are substances I can put into my bloodstream that make the world perfect. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. That is the only absolute truth in the universe. They have always loved me.
But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up? I’m being difficult because you want to take it away from me. Emma was having the time of her life. Drugs and alcohol have never let me down.
Mosquitoes NHB Modern PlaysNick Hern Books - She lives in Luton. It premieres at the National Theatre, London, in July 2017. Alice is a scientist. As the large hadron particle collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson. Jenny is her sister. She spends a lot of time Googling. When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens them all with chaos.
She lives in Geneva. Lucy kirkwood's new play is about families and particle physics.
WanderlustFaber & Faber - Sex isn't just about how big and how long. What is it about then?-All sorts of things. Joy is struggling to remain interested in sex. And their teenage son is ready to burst. Nick payne's frank and compassionate play explores sex and intimacy - and asks whether the two are inevitably and inextricably linked. Her husband thinks of little else.
A Very Very Very Dark MatterFaber & Faber - In a townhouse in copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children's tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world. Dangerous, twisted and funny, Martin McDonagh's new play travels deep into the abysses of the imagination.
. A very very dark matter premiered at the Bridge Theatre, London, in October 2018.
Sweat TCG EditionTheatre Communications Group - Sweat has fraternity at its heart, but also the violence, and the suspicion that can result from class aspirations. Hilton als, new yorker Lynn Nottage has written one of her most exquisitely devastating tragedies to date. Based on nottage’s extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America’s economic decline.
She offers a powerful critique of the American attitude toward class, and how it affects the decisions we make. Winner of the 2017 pulitzer prize for drama Nominee for 3 Tony Awards including Best Play “Lynn Nottage’s best work. Her other plays include intimate apparel; by the way, Meet Vera Stark; Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine; Crumbs from the Table of Joy; and Las Meninas.
Sweat TCG Edition - She is the first woman playwright to be honored twice. In one of the poorest cities in america, reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down-and-out factory workers struggle to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near future. Lynn nottage is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prize Awards for Drama for Sweat and Ruined.
The Clean House and Other PlaysTheatre Communications Group - This volume also includes eurydice, Ruhl’s reinvention of the tragic Greek tale of love and loss, together with a third play still to be named. Sarah ruhl received the prestigious susan smith blackburn prize in 2004 for her play the Clean House, South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, which has been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, DC.
Show-stopping. Her play eurydice has been produced at Madison Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Daringly over-the-top and impressively consistent in its delirious excess. This comedy is romantic, tinged with fantasy, but in the more arcane sense of the word: visionary, extravagant in feeling, deeply so, maybe a little nuts.
The Clean House and Other Plays - The new york times“touching, and luminously liquid, inventive, invigoratingly compact, Eurydice reframes the ancient myth of ill-fated love to focus not on the bereaved musician but on his dead bride—and on her struggle with love beyond the grave. San francisco chroniclethis volume is the first publication of Sarah Ruhl, and sense of theater” Variety, perspective, “a playwright with a unique comic voice, who is fast leaving her mark on the American stage.
Passionate. In fact disease, death, and dirt are among the subjects it addresses. The clean House shines. New haven advocate“the clean House is not, by any means, a traditional boy-meets-girl story.