Off the icy shores of Newfoundland, on a remote island, the Clarke family threatens to break apart. The father, Addison, a marine biologist, desperately pursues the ocean's most elusive creature—Architeuthis, the giant squid—while his estranged wife Marina freezes by degrees. Their son Harvey, after a near-drowning, is unable to speak. The family's grief and isolation are bottomless. Then, inexplicably, from out of the ocean, a man named Arthur walks into their lives…and the order of the natural world starts to collapse around them. Part horror story, part myth, THE MUCKLE MAN mixes science with folklore and domestic drama with high tragedy, to chilling effect.
"You can't really slap a label on Aguirre-Sacasa's play, which has no trouble hooking the audience…Explaining what a muckle man is (in case you don't know) would spoil the plot—a plot that is, at bottom, a folkloric thriller. Aguirre-Sacasa, who has a frisky sense of humor, fashions a swift, dark ending that races like the wind." —Washington Post. "A fascinating new play…a postmodern delight…a highly original blend of influences and styles adding up to something new and entirely fresh…As in the best stories of Garcia Marquez, [events] in Aguirre-Sacasa's play quickly become simultaneously darker and funnier…The playwright's bright future seems assured." —Washington Blade. "A smart, crisply written and engrossing sci-fi narrative in which a mysterious creature does what aliens or the unknown usually do, intensify and illuminate human needs and passions…Aguirre-Sacasa writes so winningly, I fear he'll be snapped up for sit-com writing, rather than go on building what promises to be a fine career as a playwright." —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Like any good thriller, THE MUCKLE MAN sucks you into its world and holds you captive. More than one person at the opening night performance compared its effects to the movie Jaws—without the special effects, of course. The playwright knows how to ratchet up the necessary sense of foreboding and inevitability for what is first and foremost a really good example of high-tension storytelling." —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "THE MUCKLE MAN is a science-fiction mystery, a family-drama, and something of a modern folk tale that draws the audience in…It is quite easy to admire the imagination and skill of this young, prolific playwright." —Talkin' Broadway.