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Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Melissa James Gibson
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 130
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0822218720
ISBN-13: 9780822218722
Cast Size: 2 women, 3 men

About the Play:

[sic] is a full-length comedy by Melissa James Gibson. In adjacent apartments that resemble nothing so much as broom closets with windows, three young, ambitious neighbours come together to discuss, flirt, argue, share their dreams, and plan their futures with unequal degrees of deep hopefulness and abject despair, all the while pushing the limits of their friendship to the max and demonstrating that language can be both an instrument of intimacy and a weapon of defence.

[sic]a Latin term meaning "thus," typically used to inform the reader that what they are reading is being "reproduced verbatim" so ignore any strange spelling, phrasing or punctuation – focuses on life in a New York apartment where struggling artists are trying to make connections. Babette, Theo and Frank live in neighbouring shoebox-size apartments. They are quintessentially jaded urbanites of a certain anxious age (roughly 30) who look forward to great careers, but they are beginning to doubt whether they'll succeed at anything. Theo is a composer trying to create a heroic theme for an amusement park ride called the Thrill-o-Rama; Babette is a writer trying to finish – or even start – a book theorizing that temper tantrums are the major motivating force behind historical events; and Frank is a would-be auctioneer preparing for his future career by constantly practising tongue twisters as "Sally sought some seeds to sow but sadly soon it snowed." To soothe their bruised egos and endangered hopes, they frequently wander into the hall and exchange witticisms, comments and observations about their mutual (but never seen) best friend, and their upstairs and downstairs neighbours. What emerges is a fragmented, slightly absurdist portrait of the anxiety every would-be artist feels after four or five stagnating years living in New York.

[sic] was originally commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre Company and premiered in New York City at The Soho Repertory Theatre in 2001. Its twice-extended run turned into one of the standout plays of the Off-Broadway season. [sic] was awarded the 2002 OBIE for playwriting and the Kesselring Prize. It was also named one of The Best Plays of 2001-02, and quickly secured the hitherto unknown author's place as a major new talent. Since then the play has been produced at professional theatres and colleges across the US and is an ideal choice for fringe festivals.

Cast: 2 women, 3 men

What people say:

"A work…concerned with the sound and power of language…The most alluring new play to open in New York this season." — New York Times

"A super play…a wonderfully original take on urban friendship and the comedy of manners — a Design for Living for our times…the best new comedy I've seen in many a season." — New York Observer

"Urban anomie is sliced, diced and served up as tasty canapés in Melissa James Gibson's clever, very adorable new play…Gibson's voice is a distinct one: a mixture of the archly articulate and the lazy, pause-ridden slang-speak of Gen X-ers." — Variety

"The protagonists of Melissa James Gibson's [sic] may not be heroic or particularly useful to society, but they are refreshingly witty and wise to the world." — Time Out New York

About the Playwright:

Melissa James Gibson is a Canadian-born New York-based playwright and screenwriter. Born in Ottawa, she spent most of her childhood and teen years in the Vancouver area. She graduated from Handsworth Secondary, where roles on the high school stage helped get her a spot at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She went on to study writing and literature at both Columbia and Yale, and has since written a number of Off-Broadway productions which have been well-received in New York. In addition to her playwriting, her screenwriting credits include The Americans on FX and co-showrunner on the Netflix series House of Cards. On top of writing for the stage and TV, she has taught playwriting at Princeton University.

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