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War (Jacobs-Jenkins)

ISBN: 978-0-8222-3612-2
Full Length, Drama
4 men, 3 women
Total Cast: 7, Flexible Set
FEE: $100 per performance.
THE STORY: Tensions escalate between Tate and Joanne after their mother has a stroke. As they attack each other in their mother’s hospital room, they are ambushed by two strangers who make a shocking claim about their grandfather. With bold theatricality and disarming humor, WAR follows a fractured family as its members navigate the landmines of the past and try to broker peace with each other—and themselves—in the present.
“…[a] whip-smart play…Jacobs-Jenkins exhilarates with Tate and Joanne’s dramatically fraught and intellectually caffeinated exchanges. …While Jacobs-Jenkins excels in delivering pointed barbs about auxiliary subjects…he never allows us to lose sight of the universally recognizable story at the heart of the play: Everyone’s parents will eventually die, so what is there to hold the family together after they are gone? With WAR, Jacobs-Jenkins proves that family dramas can be intellectually stimulating, formally innovative, and emotionally engaging all at the same time.” — “Jacobs-Jenkins…is both one of the most exciting young dramatists working today and one of the hardest to categorize. His specialty is the ambiguity of self, particularly as defined by skin color, and the futility as well as the necessity of looking for solid answers.” —NY Times. “…Jacobs-Jenkins’s fascinating, meditative play is a family drama with existential scope, the story of a single clan that widens, in both subtle and ambitiously strange ways, to contemplate inheritance and belonging—not just to parents but to ancestors, racial identities, and the species as a whole. …elegant and thoughtful…” —The Village Voice. “WAR is a play that is loaded with ideas, surprises and some of the sharpest writing around.” —