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Recent Tragic Events

Full Length, Drama
3 men, 3 women
Total Cast: 6, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 9780822219897


FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: It is September 12th, 2001; the setting is the Minneapolis apartment of Waverly, a young advertising executive. Soon to venture on a blind date amidst the television news coverage of the September 11th attacks, Waverly becomes preoccupied when she discovers that her twin sister, Wendy, a student in New York, has not been heard from. Waverly reassures herself that Wendy had no reason to be at the World Trade Center. As the evening unfolds, Waverly and her blind date, Andrew, an airport bookstore manager, realize that they are connected by a succession of bizarre coincidences. As Waverly awaits word on Wendy, the date is complicated by visits from her crazed-musician neighbor, Ron, and his girlfriend, Nancy, and a startling visit from Waverly’s great aunt, Joyce Carol Oates—played by a sock puppet.
“…a poignant, thought-provoking, and yes, essentially amusing piece on the subject [of 9/11]. Indeed, the play offers a lesson in how the theater can deal with such a momentous event without being trite, maudlin, trivial, or disrespectful.” —Variety. “…dizzying, funny and wrenching…fresh, shocking, and painful as an open wound…gets in your heart and mind like an off-stage sob.” —Georgetowner. “…issues of chance and causality, fate and choice, free will versus predetermination—all unabashedly expressed…[with] unexpected humor and touches of whimsical theatricality…” —Houston Chronicle. “…clever, sharply drawn…very funny…” —Washington Post. “…engaging…funny…profoundly loving…” —Texas Triangle Magazine.