Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - The present moment. Illinois. Many windows, a chaise, and several doors from which to enter and exit rapidly. A mirror. A potted palm. A chair. A few chandeliers. Or lamps. Perhaps a real balcony, opening into the night air.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Sarah Ruhl is the 2003 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
Tilly’s melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly becomes happy, and wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours. Frances, Tilly’s hairdresser, becomes so melancholy that she turns into an almond. It is up to Tilly to get her back.
"A rumination on love in relation to a kind of existential tristesse, a romantic sadness more embraced by Europeans than us think-positive Americans, 'Melancholy Play' bears the markings of a young dramatist, laying the groundwork for themes and effects she will revisit often...as her career continues." - Seattle Times
"...a gentle misery-loves-company fable of high wit" - Chicago On the Aisle
"If you’ve never experienced Sarah Ruhl’s work before — or if you’ve wondered what all the fuss over the lauded American playwright is about — Melancholy Play is a good place to start. This early work...is whimsical, surrealistic, even absurdist somewhat in the mode of Eugene Ionesco. You worry that bad things happen to good people? Here really strange things happen to all people...Giddy as it is, Melancholy Play actually affords considerable psychological insight." - Dallas News
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Melancholy Play was first produced at the Piven Theatre under the Artistic Direction of Joyce Piven, opening on June 28, 2002, in Evanston, IL, directed by Jessica Thebus, music by Greg Hirte.