While Simon sits in his writing shed, trying and failing to write the ultimate post-modern novel, Juliette sits in a bleak little hostel room, struggling to write about the genocide that killed her family. These two people from entirely different worlds meet at a refugee center in London, where Simon's new job is to help refugees write. Juliette arrives with high hopes that Simon will immediately fast-track her book to a top British publishing house. Simon expects to meet a timid young woman from a deprived third-world background who will be over-awed at her first encounter with a real writer. These expectations are soon to be confounded. The manuscript that Juliette brings to their first meeting turns out to be starkly impersonal. Patently absent is any reference to its author's own experience. Simon urges Juliette to change her approach and write her personal story instead. As the story moves forward, Simon becomes obsessed with his resistant writing student, an obsession that channels its way into the releasing of his own blocked creativity. With the support and encouragement of an increasingly skilled Simon, Juliette begins to re-write her book. The point at which she always stops, however, is the actual account of her family's murder. This she cannot write or even speak about. The play culminates in the final unleashing of the dark story locked inside her, enabling her to move on with her life, and leaving Simon to re-evaluate his own. This play, about the healing power of writing, contains much humor as well as darkness, as we watch the development of a relationship across a wide cultural and age divide.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code I92000
- Cast Size 2
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- ISBN(13) 9780954691233
- "We partnered with the YWCA Tulsa - Immigration and Refugee Services department to help with our talk-backs after the matinee performances to help bring this story from the stage into our own backyards. It made for a rich discussion that helped to make the performances that much more powerful"
- Review by Kelli McCloud-Schingen, World Stage Theatre Company, Tulsa, Okla.
- "Sonja Linden's work is masterful in telling a most difficult story while weaving together humor and truth. The best play I've read or produced."
- Review by D. Sharon Henderson, all for One productions, inc., Ossian, Ind.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "With nineteen scenes, area staging with minimal furniture worked well for us."
- Tip by Paul DiLella, Pahrump Arts Council, Pahrump, Nev.
- "Theatre that is more than entertainment must educate and motivate, so we included a list of reading and viewing sources on the subject available at our local library. We also listed refugee service agencies and phone numbers in our playbill, allowing people to do something with their feelings from the play."
- Tip by D. Sharon Henderson, all for One productions, inc., Ossian, Ind.
Media Reviews"[A] harrowing, powerful and yet beautiful piece of theatre." -The Stage
"A profoundly affecting and moving play which brings home the point that refugees and victims of war zones world-wide have had normal, even comfortable lives before being randomly wrecked." -Theatreworld
"Absorbing and deeply moving…an important, timely piece of theatre that manages to explore political issues and express moral outrage without ever once lapsing into moralising and political rhetoric." -What's On in London
"Heartfelt and touching." -The Guardian
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