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End Days

End Days
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Deborah Zoe Laufer
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 88
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0573663165
ISBN-13: 9780573663161

About the Play:

End Days Won a 2008 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Citation

End Days is a full-length comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer. The members of a suburban family are undergoing a spiritual crisis and fear the end of the world is coming – or vehemently reject that idea – and they all seek solace from a wild variety of counsellors. End Days is a humorous tale that illustrates the dysfunctions of love and life.

End Days is the comic and touching story of the Stein family, which has been torn apart by tragedy. The members have learned to cope with each other and the world around them by turning to God, turning to science or even turning away from everything. Sylvia Stein has turned to Christianity to save her disaffected husband Arthur and her rebellious teenage daughter Rachel. But as Sylvia races around preparing for the Rapture, Rachel is learning that there are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in her philosophy. In this heart-warming and thought-provoking comedy, Deborah Zoe Laufer explores how a family in crisis can turn things around by turning to each other for support and guidance through turbulent times.

End Days premiered in 2008 at Florida Stage in Manalapan, Florida as part of a rolling premiere through the National New Play Network, and went on to receive over 50 productions after that. It remains a popular choice with regional repertory houses and community theatres.

Cast: 2 women, 3 men, with doubling

What people say:

"The universality of the denouement brings this comedy full circle, leaving us to admire the relevancy of Laufer's humor and wisdom of her message." — New York Times

"Two acts are too short a time to spend with Deborah Zoe Laufer's lovable characters in "End Days…. a wonderful demonstration of writerly skill and compassion." — Variety

"Wild and wonderful… End Days is enormously funny, warm and uplifting." — CurtainUp

"...rapturously funny play about a family trying to survive in a world hurtling toward Armageddon, proves that the right playwright can inspire healing laughter in even the most sobering subjects." — The Miami Herald

"Both poignantly redemptive and often hilariously funny. I hope others will have the opportunity to see this special play. It begs the question of what we would hold most sacred if we knew the end was near. And it brings to life our broad range of choices, including laughter, and the treasured traveling companions who are there even when we face our own personal Armageddon." — Huffington Post

"End Days may be about a weirdly dysfunctional family that finds its soul by waiting for the Apocalypse together, but this play has heart: It's engaging, funny as hell and even touching.... An exceptional show." — NUVO (Indianapolis)

"...thought-provoking, not a little disquieting and seriously, encouragingly funny. Laufer's originality in expressing her ideas is impressive. Highly recommended." — CityBeat Arts and Entertainment

"The smartest, most hysterical, laugh-out-loud show you'll see in the theater - ever!...a witty, funny and relevant play." — Martha's Vineyard Plum

"End Days directly pits science, religion and suburbia, but it's not an attack on any of them. There's not a trace of mockery in these extraordinary performances, each tinged with compassion, humor and heartbreak. Laufer is clearly a major new voice." — Denver Post

About the Playwright:

Deborah Zoe Laufer is an active American contemporary playwright. Her works have also been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage, and eighty other theatres around the US, in Germany, Russia and Canada.