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What Didn't Happen - Full Length Play

What Didn't Happen

Christopher Shinn

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5m, 2f

ISBN: 9780822219408

When his lover, literary adversary and a sympathetic colleague gather …

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When his lover, literary adversary and a sympathetic colleague gather at Dave Ardith's upstate retreat for a midsummer barbecue, the acclaimed author is forced to confront his demons—the novel he is loath to finish and the life he is loath to resume. Six years later, Dave's young protégé, Scott—present on that fateful night—returns to the house, soul-searching and plagued by a mysterious regret.
"Hope-inspiring…Still in his mid-20s, Mr. Shinn is a welcome paradox among up-and-coming American dramatists: creator of carefully constructed, dialogue-heavy works that nonetheless resonate with a sense of the unspoken…WHAT DIDN'T HAPPEN is about the distance between people, and the ways in which even friends, spouses and lovers are ultimately unknowable to one another…a playwright to cherish." —NY Times. "All [Shinn's] characters have surprising moments of humanity that break stereotypes. Shinn just cannot write a fake or untelling word…a delightful tale." —NY Post.


5m, 2f

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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