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Mauritius

Mauritius
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Theresa Rebeck
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 80
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0573660190
ISBN-13: 9780573660191
Cast Size: 2 women, 3 men

About the Play:

Mauritius is a full-length dramatic comedy by Theresa Rebeck. Following their mother's death, two half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters' world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own. Who is friend and who is foe?

Mauritius (referring to "Blue Mauritius", one of the world's rarest stamps) is a family drama intertwined with con-artistry and steeped in themes of trust and materialism. It focuses on estranged half-sisters Jackie and Mary who discover a book of rare, and potentially very valuable, stamps upon their mother's death. While attempting to get the collection appraised Jackie draws the attention of Dennis, a tattooed ruffian of mysterious background who informs Jackie of the collection's enormous worth and offers to connect her to a buyer who will pay top-dollar for her stamps. What follows is a tangled web of conspiring, conniving, and double-crossing as the audience is introduced to Sterling, a wealthy businessman with rageful and manic tendencies who desperately wants Jackie's collection; Phillip, the arrogant and condescending philatelist whose loyalties and motivations seem questionable; and the hostility between Jackie and Mary, the seeds of which are run far deeper than some stamp collection.

Mauritius premiered in 2007 on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre in New York City. The play has been performed in regional repertory, fringe festival, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 2 women, 3 men

What people say:

"Unsurprisingly for a writer with extensive experience in TV police procedurals like "NYPD Blue" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," one of Rebeck's strengths is her skill at stitching tension into every exchange. The five characters in Mauritius pair up and face off in shifting configurations, the emotionally fraught edges of their twisty encounters made all the more intriguing by the fact that items as apparently innocuous as postage stamps fuel the friction." — Variety

"One wouldn't think that the subject of rare stamps would make for gripping, entertaining theater, but Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius, being given its Broadway premiere by the Manhattan Theatre Club, proves otherwise...The sort of well-made, engrossing and unpretentious play rarely encountered on Broadway these days, Mauritius is a welcome introduction to the fall season." — The Hollywood Reporter

About the Playwright:

Theresa Rebeck is a leading American playwright, screenwriter and author. Her plays include Bad Dates, Omnium Gatherum (co-written, Pulitzer finalist), Spike Heels, and Mauritius, which won Boston's prestigious IRNE and Elliot Norton Awards. Her work in television includes NYPD Blue for which she has won the Peabody, the Writer's Guild, and the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar awards. She holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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