Marjorie Prime

Marjorie Prime

by  Jordan Harrison

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.
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Marjorie Prime

Marjorie Prime

by  Jordan Harrison

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Science Fiction
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.

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Accolades

  • 2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Jordan Harrison’s elegant, thoughtful and quietly unsettling drama… keeps developing in your head, like a photographic negative, long after you have seen it...At some point, you realize that it’s been landing skillfully targeted punch after punch, right where it hurts." - The New York Times, Read More

"An elegant study of memory as both escape and prison.  In Anne Kauffman’s perfectly chilled yet cozy staging, the human parts of Harrison’s smart, lovely play are built to last." - Time Out New York, Read More 

"Jordan Harrison’s play…has all the hallmarks of the best science fiction; it’s clever in conceit, alive with humor, surprising in its turns, and terribly haunting by the time the lights go out." - The New Yorker, Read More 

"Marjorie Prime…is primarily concerned with something eternal:  the way our humanity is shaped and warped by the mysterious ebbs and flows of memory." - Los Angeles Times, Read More 

"Memory is an essential element of life – crucial to thought, feeling, progress, identity. But it also comes into play with particular power and meaning after someone who has been loved dies. And it is this tension between life and death – with memory functioning as connective tissue – that animates Jordan Harrison’s subtly shattering play, Marjorie Prime." - Chicago Sun-Times, Read More 

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Videos

  • Marjorie Prime Playwright's Horizons Trailer
  • Marjorie Prime at the Mark Taper Forum
  • Jordan Harrison on Marjorie Prime
  • Marjorie Prime Audience Testemonials
  • Marjorie Prime at Writers Theatre - Toni
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century, The Future
  • Setting: Tess and Jon's living room.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f
MARJORIE - 85.
WALTER - early 30s.
TESS - 55. Marjorie's daughter.
JON - 55. Marjorie's son-in-law.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. The play had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons and its Chicago premiere at Writers Theatre after premiering at the Mark Taper Forum/CTG in Los Angeles. His play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Lo ...

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Marjorie Prime premiered at the Mark Taper Forum/Center Theater Group in Los Angeles in September 2014. The production was directed by Les Waters.

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