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The Coming World - Full Length Play

The Coming World

Christopher Shinn

Full Length Play

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780822218524

Ed, struggling to make ends meet, loses ten thousand dollars and calls…

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Full Length Play


Bare Stage/Simple Set

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).


1m, 1f


Flexible casting

Christopher Shinn

Christopher Shinn

Christopher Shinn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and lives in New York. His plays have been premiered by the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, the Vineyard Theatre, South Coast Rep, and Soho Theatre, and later seen regionally in the United States and around the world. He is the winner of an OBIE in Playwriting (2004-2005) and a ... view full profile

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