TCG Publishes Ripcord

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NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Ripcord by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. The play first premiered Off-Broadway as a production of Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center in the fall of 2015.


“An expertly engineered comedy. Whether in madcap comedy or socially conscious drama, Lindsay-Abaire can be relied upon to buck generic conventions...Ripcord is admirable in its precision and symmetry; there’s not a comic setup that isn’t balanced by a logically consistent payoff.”

—Ben Brantley, New York Times


Set in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, this glorious and biting new comedy from David Lindsay-Abaire centers around Abby, who takes pride in her residence in one of the most coveted rooms in the rest home. Things turn sour quickly when she must take in Marilyn, a new roommate to share her precious space. In a satirical conflict of territory and control, Lindsay-Abaire spins a benign, typically mundane setting into an absurdist, colorful battleground. This high-stakes comedy examines our expectations of what it means to grow old in 21st century America, and what happens when a sense of possession collides with a mania of obsession.


“Lindsay-Abaire is a master at combining dark and light comedy. And, as he so beautifully demonstrated in Rabbit Hole, he can certainly write drama. In Ripcord, it all comes together quite amusingly as he...expertly maneuvers from high jinks to heartache with sublime finesse.”

—Roma Torre, NY1

David Lindsay-Abaire is the author of Rabbit Hole, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His other theatre works include Good People, Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, and Shrek the Musical. He is Co-Chair of the playwriting program at Juilliard.


For over 50 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 Member Theatres and Affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 14 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.

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