A brilliant young mathematician, Archie Landrum, goes to work for and befriends a retired high-school English teacher, Katherine Samuel, who has recently lost her beloved husband. When Katherine's substance-abusing TV-star daughter, Lucy, returns home to the family farm to dry out, Archie becomes obsessed with her and, ultimately, murders her when she makes it clear she is unavailable. Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Tellez, a former suitor of Lucy's, is charged with babysitting Archie in the county jail. Public Defender, Joseph Smith, a former suitor of Katherine's, is to defend Archie. These five circle each other with their individual needs and furies; as the circle becomes tighter, implosion is inevitable.
"…eloquently dramatizes questions of responsibility, guilt and pathology…the complex moral issues are translated into challenging story theater, like a cubist portrait of grief…Homage must be paid, this grieving mother cries to the stars, and Medoff answers her prayers. And ours." —LA Times. "As the play winds through its complicated maze of ideas, it hits emotional bull's-eyes at every turn…In THE HOMAGE THAT FOLLOWS Medoff has written an intelligent and provocative play about some of the most troublesome aspects of the human condition." —Albuquerque Journal. "Life and death, in all their overwhelming inexplicableness, are presented with blunt, riveting clarity in Mark Medoff's THE HOMAGE THAT FOLLOWS…HOMAGE is, ultimately, an affirmation of the future. Medoff's pessimistic tone, common to much of his work, is countered with tiny celebrations of life, inner applause." —Los Alamos Monitor.