Deborah Eisenberg is the recipient of the 1987 Whiting Award for Drama.
Melanie has rented a country house where she is joined by her friend Rachel who came for a weekend but forgot to leave and by their school friend Steve. They spend nearly a year on the sofa meandering through a mental landscape of phobias, friendships, work, sex, slovenliness and epistemology. Other people happen by: Steve's girlfriend, a virtuous and annoying man Melanie picked up in a bar, and a couple who appear during an intense conversation and observe the sofa is on fire. Inevitably the three friends depart, better prepared by their months on the sofa to go in separate directions.
"Deborah Eisenberg is one of the freshest and funniest voices in some seasons." - Newsweek
"A very funny, stylish comedy." - The New Yorker
"Wacky charm and wayward wit." - New York Magazine
Pastorale premiered at the Second Stage Theatre in New York City in April of 1982 under the direction of Carole Rothman.