Time Period - Contemporary
Settings Of Play - Stephen Hurt's apartment, and various places around New York City
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Unit Set/Multiple Settings
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Stephen is a headstrong, impetuous, irrepressible romantic unable not to be in love. One of his models is Goethe's tragic hero Werther, but as a young, contemporary New Yorker he's adaptable. He believes there is a literary precedent for all romantic possibilities that justifies his choices. With enthusiasm bordering on fickleness, he turns from Tolstoy, to Stendhal or Balzac. And Stephen's never discouraged he can withstand rivers of rejection. His affairs, real and tentative, begin when his girl friend leaves him. He makes a romantic stab at a female cab driver, passes an assignation note to an unknown lady at the opera, flirts with an accessible waitress, and then has a tragic with comic overtones affair with his best friend's fiancee.
"Breezy and buoyant. A real romantic comedy... Sophisticated and sentimental, with an ageless attitude toward the power of positive love. " - The New York Times
Sorrows of Stephen premiered at The Public Theatre in New York City in November 1979 under the direction of Sheldon Larry.