Dead City by Sheila Callaghan

By Sheila Callaghan

Complete size, comedian Drama / 3m, 4f / Unit Set it truly is June sixteen, 2004. Samantha Blossom, a chipper girl in her 40s, wakes up one June morning in her top East facet condominium to discover her existence being narrated over the airwaves of public radio. She discovers within the mail an envelope addressed to her husband from his lover, which spins her uncooked and untethered into an odyssey in the course of the city.... an afternoon jam-packed with likelihood encounters, coincidences, a short love affair, and a fixation at the mysterious Jewel Jupiter. Jewel, the younger yet broken poet genius, ultimately takes a shine to Samantha and brings her on a dead night travel of the meat-packing district which alterations Samantha's existence forever-or does not. This ninety minute comedian drama is a modernized, gender-reversed, relocated, hyper-theatrical riff at the novel Ulysses, taking place precisely a hundred years to the day after Joyce's jaunt via Dublin. "Wonderful... Sheila Callaghan's pleasingly witty and theatrical new drama that could be a love letter to long island masquerading as hate mail...[Callaghan] writes with a world-weary tone and has a poet's reward for within your means description. the complete lifeless urban comes alive..." -New York occasions. "DEAD urban, Sheila Callaghan's riff on James Joyce's ULYSSES is fashionable, lyrical, interesting, sometimes frustrating, and eminently worthwhile... the type of paintings that's completely invigorating." -Backstage.

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