“Small Tragedy is filled with provocative questions that American plays should be asking at a fraught and confusing moment in this country’s history… An impeccably sustained balance of the abstract and the particular, of the comic and the dramatic… Lucas’s habitual brooding fatalism has never seemed more relevant.” —Ben Brantley, New York Times
“Full of interest, intelligence, amusement, and spine-chilling verity… Small Tragedy is a play to see and ponder, staying with you, in typical Lucas fashion, long after you leave the theater.” —Michael Feingold, Village Voice
“Lucas, a former actor himself, beautifully conveys the sudden, sweet intimacy that springs up between artists engaged in a grandiose adventure on a ninety-nine-cent budget… Small moments catch fire, sympathetic glances take on unexpected meaning, tender alliances are formed… So impeccably natural it seems unscripted.” —Charles Isherwood, Variety
While rehearsing Oedipus, turbulent relationships between actors threaten to sabotage the production. As tensions grow stronger and hidden truths emerge, reality begins to emulate Oedipus in staggering ways. Lucas’s topical and complex play is a remarkably funny, sharply articulated missive about tragedy in the contemporary world.
Craig Lucas is a playwright, screenwriter and director of both theater and film. His plays include Prelude to a Kiss, The Dying Gaul, The Singing Forest, Small Tragedy, Reckless, Blue Window, Prayer for My Enemy, God’s Heart and the books for the musicals The Light in the Piazza, An American in Paris and Amélie.