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The Marriage Plays

The Marriage Plays

Bathsheba Doran

Oberon Books

CRITICS' PICK! “Simply terrific. Perhaps the finest new play of the season. Funny and audacious, haunting, and exquisitely wrought.” -- Charles Isherwood, New York Times


“Raucous comedy, poignant emotion — Kin does all that and more, establishing Bathsheba Doran as a major talent. The ensemble delivers vividly memorable performances. You’ll fall in love.” -- Frank Scheck, New York Post


The first collection of plays from Bathsheba Doran. Contains the plays Kin, Parents Evening and The Mystery of Love and Sex.


Kin: Anna, an Ivy League poetry scholar, and Sean, an Irish personal trainer, hardly seem destined for one another.  But as their web of disparate family and friends crosses great distances – both psychologically and geographically – an unlikely new family is forged.  Bathsheba Doran's play sheds a sharp light on the changing face of kinship in the expansive landscape of the modern world.


Parents Evening: It’s dusk. Mother and father are in their bedroom, dressing in preparation for Parents’ Evening at their only daughter’s primary school. During this rare opportunity to check in, the couple embarks on a volatile, passionate and surprising confrontation that challenges every one of their life choices. The play is a painfully witty, perceptive exploration of the landlines of parenting in modern marriage.


The Mystery of Love and Sex: Charlotte and Jonny definitely do love each other. But not that way. Or maybe that way. They’re in college and have been close friends since they were nine. They might be in love. They might be moving in together. They might be getting married. Or they might not. Also, Charlotte wonders if she might be gay. Or maybe bisexual. As does Jonny. So why are they turning their relationship romantic?


Bathsheba Doran’s critically acclaimed new play Kin received its world premiere in spring 2011 at Playwrights Horizon, directed by Sam Gold. Her play Parents’ Evening premiered last spring at The Flea Theater, directed by Jim Simpson; and her play Ben and the Magic Paintbrush premiered in spring 2010 at South Coast Repertory Theater. She is currently adapting The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency as a feature for HBO Films; and is currently writing on Season Two of the acclaimed Martin Scorsese/HBO series Boardwalk Empire.


She is a 2009 recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and three Lecomte du Nouy Lincoln Center playwriting awards. She is a Cherry Lane mentor Project Fellow as and a Susan Blackburn Award finalist. Ms. Doran’s work has been developed by Manhatten Theatre Club, O’Neill Center, Lincoln Center, Sundance Theater Lab, Almeida Theatre (London), and Playwrights Horizons among others.


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