THE STORY: Molly and Ray unexpectedly meet 25 years after a one-afternoon adolescent fling. She has a successful media career; he owns a small landscaping business. Both begin to romanticize their chance reunion, but a renewed connection is disrupted when Ray reveals the sordid details of a crime that left him incarcerated for ten years. Their encounter reveals two vastly different paths taken and two lonely souls attempting to reclaim a moment of possibility, when they were young and perhaps at their very best.
“Stephen Belber’s small, ravishing play unfolds like an eloquent short story. In nimble strokes, Belber…captures the uncanny way a chance encounter can reverberate through time.” —The New Yorker.
“Bittersweet and quietly wonderful.” —Time Out New York.
“DUSK RINGS A BELL tolls with genuine emotion.” —New York Daily News.
“With DUSK RINGS A BELL, playwright Stephen Belber…has crafted a funny, poignant, heartbreaking play about second chances and redemption.” —New York Press.
“A sublime drama.” —The New York Times.
“A piercing, compassionate portrait of two damaged people briefly reaching out to each other.” —Backstage.
“Full of lovely, naturalistic writing and intriguing ideas that ring a bell in our hearts and minds.” —CurtainUp.