“Ms. Washburn is a writer of questing imagination and convention-bending technique.” —Ben Brantley, New York Times
“Washburn is not your ordinary playwright…The dialogue is often glib, funny and heartfelt, making Antlia a sheer joy…Washburn’s witty, surprising language makes you laugh in self-recognition, then gasp at a turn into poetic intensity. I think everyone should see Anne Washburn’s plays.” —David Cote, Time Out New York
“Anne Washburn provides a realistic, disarming ghost tale, invigorated with ruminations about time and space…Antlia Pneumatica is a tender examination of everyday concerns, including lapsed friendships, regrets, parenting and death, with dark humor and some supernatural undertones.” —Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press
“Washburn has established herself as one of the most formally innovative playwrights working today.” —Alexis Soloski, Guardian
In Anne Washburn’s captivating new drama, a group of old friends—who, now in middle age, have mostly lost touch over the years—reunite at a remote Texas estate for the funeral of one of their own. As the former friends confront the memories of their shared past, the walls quickly dissolve (literally and figuratively) into a realm bordering on supernatural. A haunting tale of loss and friendship, Washburn seamlessly blurs the lines between the real and surreal, inviting us into a world of humor, imagination and mystery.
Anne Washburn’s plays include Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play; Shipwreck; The Internationalist; The Communist Dracula Pageant; I Have Loved Strangers; The Ladies; 10 Out of 12; The Small; an adaptation of The Twilight Zone for the stage; and a trans-adaptation of Euripides’ Orestes. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NYFA Fellowship, and a Time Warner Fellowship. She is an affiliated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P.