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A Map of Virtue and Black Cat Lost

A Map of Virtue and Black Cat Lost

Erin Courtney


A 2012 OBIE Award winning play

"Though it begins as a quirky meditation on chance and symmetry, Ms. Courtney's drama soon reveals itself as one of the most terrifying plays of the past decade. An unlikely friendship between a man and a woman -- both infatuated with a talking bird statue -- derails into a quiet, pitiless nightmare. Throughout the swerves, Ms. Courtney's writing remains as compassionate as it is frightening, as familiar as its horrors are unknowable." -- Alexis Soloski, New York Times on A Map of Virtue

Trained as a painter, Erin Courtney uses maps and images to generate surprising written sequences. Her plays unfold in a delicate dance of pattern and narration; they ring out their images and meanings as a sequence of bells: complicating, harmonizing, and remapping their senses as they run their idiosyncratic course. A Map of Virtue is a symmetrical play guided by a bird statue, pivoting around an encounter with and dissection of evil. Part interview, part comedy, part middle-night-middle-forest horror story. A grief cabaret for three voices, Black Cat Lost mines a disparate literature of loss, deploys it across a set of games, and ends with an injunction to sing.

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