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NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Mary Page Marlowe by Tracy Letts. The play premiered to critical acclaim at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in the spring of 2016.
“Exquisite… Beautiful and affecting, like flipping through a friend’s photo album in no particular order, finding some faces familiar, other unexpected… A haunting, elliptical drama about the evolutions, reversals and resurrections in a woman’s life… It illuminates, movingly, how youthful ideals wither, how little of life can truly be foreseen, how provisional all our plans are in a world where choice and chance are always in tension.”
—Charles Isherwood, New York Times
Known for his complex portrayals of the human psyche, Tracy Letts expands what at first appears to be an intimate snapshot of one woman’s ordinary life into a grand and elaborate portrait play. In a series of elegant, nonchronological scenes spanning the years from 1946 to 2015, the play hopscotches through Mary Page Marlowe’s quiet existence as an accountant from Ohio—complicating notions of what it means to lead a “simple life.”
“Tracy Letts is a poet of the ordinary, a playwright who writes about commonplace lives in uncommon ways… You’ll be enthralled to watch Mary’s life unfold, for it is described in a manner so clear and true that you cannot doubt its significance. Mary Page Marlowe is the most purely beautiful play that Mr. Letts has given us.”
—Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
Tracy Letts is a playwright, actor, and resident company member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for August: Osage County.
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