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Missing Persons - Full Length Play

Missing Persons

Craig Lucas

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4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780822214748

Independently wealthy, a published author and tenured professor at Swa…

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Independently wealthy, a published author and tenured professor at Swarthmore College, Addie Pencke spends the Thanksgiving holiday struggling to hold together her splintered ego and her fractured family. Her capacious, book-lined home is peopled with real and imagined figures from sixty years of political activism, hard-drinking, a failed marriage and lost opportunities. Neighbors, strays, in-laws, children as they once were and as they could never be, remembered selves, all inhabit Addie's home for the holidays. In shifting power struggles, the critic attempts to reconcile with the artist, the parent with the child, and the living with the dead.
"…[a] truly intelligent play, one that is literary and heartfelt, beautifully written…a well-crafted, moving story…a dramatic rarity in these or any times." —NY Post. "Mr. Lucas, the very gifted writer of Prelude to a Kiss and Reckless, has created an expressly theatrical…resonant metaphor for the ways memory can cripple…Certain isolated moments…remind us of what Mr. Lucas can do so well: That is, find a uniquely whimsical expression for the cataclysmic menace and hostility lurking in the prose of everyday life." —NY Times. "Craig Lucas is our neighborhood Pan of darkness, charming his flocks into troubled waters with an elfin grin and a childlike penchant for whimsy." —NY Newsday.


4m, 3f

Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas is a American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.Born on April 30, 1951, and abandoned in a car in Atlanta, Lucas was adopted when he was eight months old by a Pennsylvanian couple. His adoptive family was conservative; his father was an FBI agent and his mother was ... view full profile

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