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Describe the Night

Full Length, Drama
4 men, 3 women (doubling)
Total Cast: 7, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-3805-8

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance. Manuscript is available in EPUB format.
THE STORY: In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk. Set in Russia over the course of ninety years, this thrilling and epic play traces the stories of eight men and women connected by history, myth, and conspiracy theories.
“…[a] dense and fascinating new play… a play about stories, beginning in historical fact and spinning outward… DESCRIBE THE NIGHT feels like a vital attempt to hold a mirror up to the former Soviet Union. And since Joseph is an American playwright, it’s also a mirror in which we might see ourselves.” —NY Magazine. “…[a] brilliant play… The play is its own vivid, perfectly paced patchwork of memory, lies, and revelations. Raw confrontation and violence share the same orbit as flashes of magical realism. …The play uses much mirroring of past and present to subtle and powerful effect.” —The Daily Beast. “…Joseph weaves a compelling narrative from the yarn of bespoke reality… It’s the kind of historical revisionism that is thrilling onstage, but deadly in government. …DESCRIBE THE NIGHT is much more than an engrossing tall tale, however: It heroically wrestles with the slippery nature of truth itself, and unnervingly demonstrates why its alternatives are so seductive.” —