THE STORY: As Martin Gottfried comments, “It is a simple one. A mystery, really. A man has been murdered. The mystery is, who he is, who murdered him and what were the circumstances? And to solve it, Wilson looks at the outsides and insides of his tiny, Middle Western town. He looks at a middle-aging woman who falls in love with the young man who comes to work in her cafe. He looks at a coarse, nasty woman mistreating her senile mother, who is obsessed with visions of Eldritch being evil and headed for blood-spilling. He looks at a tender relationship between a young man and a dreamy, crippled girl. But Wilson sees far more than this. He is grasping the very fabric of Bible Belt America, with its catchword morality ('virgin,' 'God-fearing') and its capability for the vicious. He senses the rhythm of its life and the cruelty it can impose. He understands the speech patterns of its loveless gossips, its sex-hungry boys, its compassionless preachers, its car-conscious blondes.” In the end Wilson’s portrait of Eldritch is full length, and the truth of its revelations will be pondered long after the stage lights have dimmed and the play has ended.
Winner of the Vernon Rice Award. An Off-Broadway success, this highly imaginative and affecting play was hailed by the critics for its introduction of a new and remarkably talented playwright. Arraying his characters on a series of platforms with everyone on stage throughout the play, the author employs a unique contrapuntal technique to blend together the various people and bits of action into a striking mosaic, which captures, with eloquence and insight, the very heart and meaning of the small Middle Western town of Eldritch. “…this reviewer liked RIMERS for its fluidity, for its language, for its almost musical sense of pattern.” —NY Times. “…it is of great effect, washed throughout with poetry and vibrant with individual style.” —Women’s Wear Daily.