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A Number - Full Length Play, Drama

A Number

Caryl Churchill

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Full Length Play, Drama


ISBN: 9781559362252

Winner! Evening Standard Award for Best Play

"Rarely in my theatre going experience has a new play conveyed such a disturbing or enthralling impression of domestic weirdness.... An astonishing event.'' - Evening Standard


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Winner! Evening Standard Award for Best Play
Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling hour-long psychological thriller that blends topical scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between fathers and their sons. The Off-Broadway production starred Dallas Roberts.
"Rarely in my theatre going experience has a new play conveyed such a disturbing or enthralling impression of domestic weirdness.... An astonishing event.''" - Evening Standard

Magnificent.... Contains more drama, and more ideas, than most manage in a dozen full-length works.... It combines elegant structural simplicity with an astonishing intellectual and emotional depth.... What a tremendous play this is, moving, thought-provoking and dramatically thrilling.'' - Daily Telegraph

"Churchill's power to grip an audience is an extraordinary thing. Her plays perform a pincer-movement on your attention. Their ear for a subject of real concern ... has always been acute, and often prescient.'' - Observer




Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill was born on 3 September 1938 in London and grew up in the Lake District and in Montreal. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Downstairs, her first play written while she was still at university, was first staged in 1958 and won an award at the Sunday Times National Union of Students Drama Festival. Caryl Churchill’s plays include: Owners, Traps, Light Shining in ... view full profile

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Alexander Rice 4/18/2013 4:07 PM
Perhaps no other living playwright manages to turn the implausible into plausible as deftly as Caryl Churchill, and A Number is no exception. A play that appears to be about the horrors of human cloning gone wrong quickly reveals its true identity: a dark, complex thriller that explores the deep love of a father for his son.

Churchill wrote the play at a time when cloning was a hot topic in the news (remember Dolly the Sheep?), but it’s the timeless issues of truth, love, and forgiveness that remain at the core of A Number. Do we create our own identity or is it created for us? Why does Love make people do ugly things? And, of course, what would you do if you learned there were others exactly like you?

At times shockingly humorous, the play is a tour de force for two actors (one plays the father; the other his son and subsequent clones). Stripped down to its bare essentials, it is a gripping psychological thriller that is certain to alarm, disturb, and uplift anyone who has ever struggled with their own identity.

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