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Recall - Full Length Play, Drama


Eliza Clark

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573701580

by Eliza Clark

Recall explores our need to feel connected, understood and loved. No matter the damage, no matter the cost.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


Science Fiction

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play -

A motel room
A safe house
The Facility
A nurse's office
A gas station


No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

A rising star in the theatre community, Eliza Clark, brings us her innovative psychological thriller Recall. Lucy makes people uncomfortable. There's something about her eyes. There's something about the way her mother's boyfriends keep disappearing. And there's something about the government agents on her trail. Radically imaginative and achingly plain, Recall explores our need to feel connected, understood and loved. No matter the damage, no matter the cost. After receiving rave reviews from New York theatre critics following the world premiere with Colt Coeur, Recall is making its way through theatres across the country, moving audiences to the edge of their seats. 

“Richly written, terribly intense, vividly imagined." - Chris Komanek, Theatermania.com

“Clark… has a real knack for suspense… and mines the mystery for deadpan comedy.” - Chris Komanek, Theatermania.com

“What makes the play really work is how effectively Clark draws her characters with nuanced dialogue that never seems forced or in simple service of the plot as is a common pitfall with thrillers. She doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get anywhere, allowing the story to richen organically, yet there's a definite pace to the action, and it's not uncommon to find yourself on the edge of your seat.”- Chris Komanek, Theatermania.com

“From the first moments of 'Recall,' as a parent drones on about reality TV while an adolescent scrubs ineffectually at a giant bloodstain on the carpet, we are firmly in the realm of arched-eyebrow mayhem that has proved rewarding for the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Martin McDonagh…Written by Eliza Clark the twisty, tense ‘Recall’ beats the lads at their sordid game.” - Eric Grode, The New York Times

“Ms. Clark hands this plot thread with emotional precision.” - Eric Grode, The New York Times

“Brilliantly disturbing...Creepy, suspenseful, impeccably acted.” - Suzy Evans, Backstage.com

“Clark has a knack for naturalistic dialogue (particular, as in Edgewise, among teenagers).” - Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice

“[Clark’s] love of (and proficiency with) the language of television storytelling shows. In the case of Recall, this is nothing to be ashamed of...A taut satirical drama.” - Scott Brown, Vulture

“Clark commands her dialogue flawlessly; she’s got a silver ear and a fully wound stopwatch...I walked out with a blue tinge in my fingertips, thoroughly entertained, satisfactorily unsettled.” - Scott Brown, Vulture

Time Out Critics Pick!
“Quietly chilling.” - Adam Feldman, Time Out

“The rumored treatment for risky teens is called “the fish tank,” an apt analogy for the culture of surveillance that Clark depicts unflinchingly: one so suspicious of memory, and so determined to stare blankly ahead, that it becomes strangely of a piece with its enemy.” Adam Feldman, Time Out 

“A dangerous little razor of a play.” - Michael J. Fressola, silive.com

“The excellent playwright knows that less is more. She is stingy with information, but a little more generous with comic relief. The audience hangs breathless onto every syllable. It has no choice.” - Michael J. Fressola, silive.com

“To say anymore about ‘Recall’ will spoil the spell.   Except for: The ensemble may be the best five-actor on any stage in the city and the show may be the most exhilaratingly intense 70 minutes you’ll have in an audience this summer.” - Michael J. Fressola, silive.com

Originally produced by Colt Coeur, New York, NY


2m, 3f

JUSTINE - a mother
LUCY - her teenage daughter
DAVID - owns a safe house
QUINN - a boy, Lucy's peer
CHARLOTTE - a scientist 

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Eliza Clark

Eliza Clark

Eliza Clark has had her plays developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre, Page 73 Productions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Provincetown Playhouse, The New York International Fringe Festival and Yale University. She has received commissions from South Coast Repertory and Yale University’s O’Neill Studio. Clark was a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s emerging writers group ... view full profile

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