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Joined at the Head - Full Length Play

Joined at the Head

Catherine Butterfield

Full Length Play

4m, 5f

ISBN: 9780822213345

Maggie Mulroney is on a promotional tour for her novel JOINED AT THE H…

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Maggie Mulroney is on a promotional tour for her novel JOINED AT THE HEAD when she gets an invitation to visit with her old high school flame, Jim, and his wife (also named Maggy) who is dying of cancer. The two women strike up an immediate friendship notwithstanding the total disparity in their characters: Maggie the novelist is intensely self-examining and analytical while Maggy, even in the throes of her illness, retains a warm and giving response to the world and others. Maggie acts as the play's narrator from time to time, commenting upon the process of her writing while also shrewdly dissecting her relationship to her former boyfriend's wife. As Maggy's illness becomes the central question in all their lives, Jim and Maggie begin to confront their own assumptions about mortality, ambition and what it means to make a truly lasting impression in this world. In this riveting portrait of self-awakening, art and life come fluidly to interact as Maggie's instinct for the fictitious collides with a newfound yearning to relate to life with the immediacy of her newest, closest friend.
A reflection on life and friendship, joining the real and the imagined, this play opens walls on stage and invites the heart to join with the players. "…incontestable achievement…" —NY Magazine. "…refreshing talent…In a manner related to that of Tom Stoppard and John Guare, the work deals enticingly with truth and fiction…a striking accomplishment…" —NY Times.


4m, 5f


Flexible casting

Catherine Butterfield

Catherine Butterfield

Catherine Butterfield’s produced and published plays include Brownstone, The Sleeper, Joined at the Head, Where the Truth Lies, Snowing at Delphi, Life in the Trees, John's Hand, and The Backflip.Her best known play is probably Joined at the Head, originally produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club and nominated for a Drama Desk award and an Obie. It has been produced regionally at many theatres ... view full profile

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