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Lovely Day - Full Length Play

Lovely Day

Leslie Ayvazian

Full Length Play

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780822221517

As Fran and Martin celebrate their wedding anniversary, they learn of …

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As Fran and Martin celebrate their wedding anniversary, they learn of a military recruiter's visit to their only son's high school. Faced with the prospect of his enlistment, they find themselves on opposite sides of one of the most profound questions any mother or father can face.
"It's about time a playwright explored how the war in Iraq affects family members who have opposing political viewpoints…Ayvazian has the guts to write about the divisive war in Iraq, even though she doesn't go into any specifics about it. Besides showing how a global conflict affects a family seemingly far removed from it, she also points out how differently men and women feel about war and parenthood." —Broadway.com. "There are moments when Ayvazian's spousal dialogues breathe close to the edge of the great plays that have been written about human beings driven by war and political dissension." —Village Voice. "LOVELY DAY ends on a tantalizing but satisfying note of ambiguity, the ideal conclusion for this thoughtful, emotional play." —BackStage. "Not nearly as realistic a play as it seems, LOVELY DAY is gently stylized with succinct talk and a casual structure to sneak up on unsuspecting viewers…Tersely composed by Leslie Ayvazian, a surprising amount of ethical and emotional ground is covered in these scenes in a mere 75 minutes." —Star Ledger. "Leslie Ayvazian's latest work is a rare thing these days: a family drama about a functional family…Ayvazian remains impartial, so the evening doesn't tip into a harrangue." —Time Out NY. "These are real people dealing with big but troubling issues that have personal consequences. Ayvazian balances her characters with care, attempting to offer equal weight to conflicting perspectives…[She] understands that silence and stillness can be more eloquent than words and movement." —Pittsburgh Tribune.


2m, 1f

Leslie Ayvazian

Leslie Ayvazian

Leslie Ayvazian is the author of 8 full-length plays and 7 one act plays, published variously by Samuel French and Dramatist Play Service. Some have been included in annual anthologies of best plays. Nine Armenians won the John Gassner/Outer Critics Circle Award for best new American play, The Roger L. Stevens Award, and second place for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Rosemary and I received an ... view full profile

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