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Night is a Room

Night is a Room

Naomi Wallace


“Taking its title from William Carlos Williams’s poem ‘Complaint,’ Night is a Room is one of the more audacious jaw-droppers in recent memory. Strange, surprising, often funny…Carnality is at its core.”

New York Times


“Primal and tragic…Night is a Room faintly recalls Albee and Pinter’s cryptic, psychosexual puzzle…Desire, genetic destiny and the destructive force of love are the topics here, ones that transcend class.” —Time Out New York


“Written with a kind of ecstatic lyricism, Night is a Room also demolishes a sexual taboo.” —Variety


Lauded for her topical, searing explorations of the pressing issues that affect humanity, Naomi Wallace’s new play Night is a Room tackles the timeless topic of love and relationships. This story of a seemingly ideal married couple is torn apart when the husband’s previously unknown birth mother makes a surprise visit for his fortieth birthday. Night is a Room examines the intimate challenge love can create, romantic or otherwise.


Naomi Wallace is a playwright and screenwriter whose plays include One Flea Spare, The Fever Chart, And I and Silence, and The Liquid Plain, among other works. Her numerous awards include the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. She divides her time between England and the U.S.

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