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Suitcase or, Those That Resemble Flies from a Distance

Suitcase or, Those That Resemble Flies from a Distance
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Melissa James Gibson
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0822220075
ISBN-13: 9780822220077

About the Play:

Suitcase or, Those That Resemble Flies from a Distance is a full-length comedy of manners by Melissa James Gibson. The boyfriends of two Ph.D. candidates are trying to talk their way into the women's apartments. Dissertations go nowhere; objects get found; boyfriends won't get lost; love figures in there somewhere.

Jen and Sallie, two young women who cannot finish their Ph.D.dissertations, refuse to let their frustrated boyfriends, Lyle and Karl, into their apartments or their lives. The foibles of procrastination take center stage as the women, glued to their desks, obsessively telephone-talk their way through fantasies and fears in a desperate attempt to fight off the inevitable — love and real life.

Cast: 2 women, 2 men

What people say:

"Suitcase, Gibson's crafty philological farce about two mismatched couples…expands on the playwright's penchant for elliptical wordplay by adding emotional resonance…Everyone brings baggage into a relationship, but Gibson makes it fun to unpack." — Time Out New York

"Gibson — whose [sic] had its beguiling premiere at this same theater last year — is a thoroughly original talent, a stylist who appreciates the musical impact of words as much as she can simultaneously love and mock her overly articulate, emotionally conflicted characters." — New York Newsday

"…a dramatist who surprises and delights…I don't know where Melissa James Gibson is going from here, but I'll be there." — New York Observer

"Like Caryl Churchill…Ms. Gibson uses the style of language to convey as much meaning as the words themselves…a bittersweet comedy of manners." — New York Sun

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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