Ed, struggling to make ends meet, loses ten thousand dollars and calls on his ex-girlfriend, Dora, for help. On a New England beach at night, he explains his situation to her and tries to seduce her back into his life. After a terrible tragedy, Dora finds herself on the beach again—this time with Ed's twin brother, Ty, an introverted web designer. On the night of Ed's wake, they grieve a mysterious, unarticulated loss that threatens to destroy them both.
"A haunting, subtly constructed play…[THE COMING WORLD] tackles big themes—the nature of truth and love—with a deceptively light touch…Shinn creates a sense of loss and lost opportunities that is deeply affecting." —Daily Telegraph (London). "Frightening, sensual, and moving…Shinn has a delicate touch, combining a well-observed picture of the characters' lower-middle-class background with a poignant awareness of their stress." —Independent (London).