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Sea Marks

Sea Marks
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Gardner McKay
Publisher: Samuel French (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 93
Pub. Date: 1982
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 057361881X
ISBN-13: 9780573618819
Cast Size: 1 female, 1 male

About the Play:

Sea Marks is a full-length drama by Gardner McKay. A chance meeting sparks a long distance romance between a man and a woman from seemingly opposite worlds: a fisherman from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland and woman from Wales, working for a small publishing firm in Liverpool.

Sea Marks is the touching story of two people falling in love. He is a rough-hewn fisherman, living by the sea, on a remote island off the West of Ireland. She lives in Liverpool where she works in a book publishing house. They meet. Unschooled in letter writing, he tries his utmost to court by mail and after a year and a half succeeds in arranging a rendezvous at which, to his surprise, she persuades him to live with her in Liverpool. Their love affair ends when he is forced to return to a life he understands. Gardner McKay's play beautifully captures the heartache of long-distance love and when the call of the heart challenges the call of the wild.

Sea Marks has been produced in New York City in six Off-Broadway productions; the Players Theatre ("Best Off-Broadway Play", New York Times) the Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), and other theatres. It has been presented throughout the United States and Canada (where it won a National Regional Theatre Award), and Europe, including The Edinburgh Festival and The Pitlochry Festival, Scotland. The play is a favourite in the regional theatres for its lusty language and deep well of emotion (to say nothing of a producable cast size).

Cast: 1 female, 1 male

What people say:

"Deserves the fame it has achieved in regional theaters around the country." — Albany Times Union

"There's abundant humor, surprisingly honest humor, that grows between two... people who love each other but whose lives simply cannot be fused... It could easily last forever in actors' classrooms and audition studios." — The New Yorker

"High marks for Sea Marks." — The New York Times

"Utterly winning." — New York Magazine

"Funny, Touching, Well Crafted." — The Associated Press

"[Sea Marks] stands apart not just for its two strong performances but for the sheer beauty of its language... McKay...writes with what seems like a deep understanding of Irish culture and of the men and women who populate some of its lonely shores." — TheatreMania

About the Playwright:

Gardner McKay (1932-2001) was an American actor, artist, college instructor, author and a professional skipper. He was a sculptor and had done some bit-part acting before he was noticed at a Hollywood restaurant and plucked from obscurity to star in TV's Adventures in Paradise, based loosely on the writings of James Michener. The 1959-62 ABC series was high-profile but his greater joy was travelling the world and writing plays and fiction. He received a Drama Critics Circle Award for one of his plays, and three National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants for writing.

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