MADAGASCAR is the haunting story of a mysterious disappearance that changes three lives forever. At three different periods in time, three Americans find themselves alone, in the same hotel room overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome: June, a young woman who works as a tour guide of the city's ancient ruins; Lilian, her wealthy and elegant jet-setting mother; and Nathan, a rumpled university economist and the best friend of Lilian's famous deceased husband. They each tell their individual story of how and why they are here. Their relationship to each other, what this room means to them, and why they have been called to it slowly reveal themselves. Their stories spill out, weave back and forth—each contradicting, clarifying, deepening what the others say—becoming strands of one gripping and disquieting tale.
"MADAGASCAR lures you into its tale of reflection, recrimination and regret with captivating power…wondrous, elegiac, unforgettable drama." —Miami Herald. "J.T. Rogers is a major new American talent and MADAGASCAR is a play to cheer." —Miami New Times. "Rogers' circular storytelling style, full of poetry, poignancy, wit and hard-won wisdom, never fails to fascinate." —Salt Lake Tribune. "MADAGASCAR is a subtle, beautifully written, sad, and disturbing play." —Edward Albee. "I haven't been so impressed by a new play since the early works of Wallace Shawn and Tennessee Williams." —André Gregory. "With gorgeously wrought, resonant prose, J.T. Rogers has fashioned a singular and haunting detective story." —Doug Wright.