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Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Duncan Macmillan
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 80
Pub. Date: 2019
ISBN-10: 0822236141
ISBN-13: 9780822236146
Cast Size: 1 woman, 1 man

About the Play:

Lungs is a full-length drama by Duncan Macmillan. The world is getting hotter, there's wildfires, political unrest – the seas themselves aren't very calm – and one couple is thinking about having a child. Should they bring a new life into this world, already burdened by overpopulation? Both funny and searing, theatrical and personal, Lungs asks us to examine the responsibilities we have to each other, ourselves, and our environment.

Lungs brings the global issue of climate change to an intimate level that many will recognize: two people trying to map out their lives while the uncertain future looms. In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest, a young couple want a child but are running out of time. If they over think it, they'll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster. They want to have a child for the right reasons. Except, what exactly are the right reasons? And what will be the first to destruct – the planet or the relationship? Lungs is a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship as they grapple with questions of family and change, hope, betrayal, happenstance, and the terrible pain that you can only cause the people you love.

Lungs premiered in 2011 at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC and has subsequently been performed around the world. The British production of the play ran as part of the National Theatre's Roundabout Season and was performed at Shoreditch Town Hall, winning a Best New Play award at 2013's Off West End Awards. The play is regularly performed in regional, fringe festival, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 1 woman, 1 man

What people say:

"Duncan Macmillan's distinctive, off-kilter love story is brutally honest, funny, edgy and current. It gives voice to a generation for whom uncertainty is a way of life through two flawed, but deeply human, people who you don't always like but start to feel you might love. …bravely written, startlingly structured…." — The Guardian (UK)

"…a bracingly dramatic walk through the thicket of couples communication…at once beguilingly modest and rewardingly polished. …a smart and stimulating eavesdrop on the modern vocabulary of intimate negotiation." — The Washington Post

"[Lungs] manages to encapsulate within it almost every debate between nearly every young, urban, reasonably well-to-do couple. … Lungs is a relationship analyzed to the nth degree, and occasionally a scarily recognizable one at that.…an original and striking new play…." — The Washingtonian

"Macmillan dives into a joyously absurd hour of verbal fireworks…a treasure trove of incandescently neurotic monologues and one-liners… Lungs doesn't preach, but beneath all the madcap antics lies a subtle, intelligent environmental drama that quietly socks you in the guts." — Time Out (London)

"…a dazzling piece…At the core of this play is a beautifully crafted love story that is not only intensely personal but also poignantly universal. …Lungs has heart. And it never misses a beat." — The Star (Toronto)

About the Playwright:

Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning English playwright and theatre director whose work has been produced in the UK and abroad to critical acclaim. He is a former Writer in Residence at Paines Plough and the Royal Exchange Theatre, and he has written extensively for theatre in addition to working in radio, television and film.

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