THE STORY: Three out-of-work loggers, fueled by alcohol, God and song, set forth from a northwoods bar one night on a misguided errand of mercy. Raymond, Merle and Junior have met a stranger in the bar even drunker and lonelier than they are, and, after accidentally shooting him, decide to reunite the poor fellow with his estranged wife somewhere north of the border in Canada. Hampered at every turn by misunderstanding, confusion, stupidity, drunkenness, desire and mistaken identity, the chivalrous loggers resolutely attempt to do the right thing, while achieving precisely the opposite. In the end, wild certainty yields to a chastened amazement over what man won’t do for a little peace.
“The three backwoods stooges of…Quincy Long’s spare and mystical new play…are the instruments of Mr. Long’s musings about common folk who come to dwell in a state of grace. With the simplicity—but not the preachiness—of a parable, THE JOY OF GOING SOMEWHERE DEFINITE tells an affecting tale of the frozen North that illuminates both the hardship and the spirituality in everyday life. It’s a sweet, quirky play that reflects a truly original sensibility.” —The New York Times.
“There is something so nuttily joyous and brilliantly sustained about the country and western picaresque comedy, Quincy Long’s THE JOY OF GOING SOMEWHERE DEFINITE…This is a crazy ride, but worth every cent of the fare.” —New York Post.
“Quincy Long’s THE JOY OF GOING SOMEWHERE DEFINITE is a low-level hoot that can be likened to The Three Stooges meets Fargo…” —Variety.