Dying City

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?The finest new American play I?ve seen in a long while . . . Dying City is a political play and also a psychodrama about what Arthur Miller called the politics of the soul. It?s about public conscience and private grief, and real and symbolic catastrophes.??The New York Observer

?Anyone who doubts that Mr. Shinn is among the most provocative and probing of American playwrights today need only experience the . . . sophisticated welding of form ...

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Overview

“The finest new American play I’ve seen in a long while . . . Dying City is a political play and also a psychodrama about what Arthur Miller called the politics of the soul. It’s about public conscience and private grief, and real and symbolic catastrophes.”—The New York Observer

“Anyone who doubts that Mr. Shinn is among the most provocative and probing of American playwrights today need only experience the . . . sophisticated welding of form and content that is Dying City.”—The New York Times

In Christopher Shinn’s new play Dying City, a young therapist, Kelly, whose husband Craig was killed while on military duty in Iraq, is confronted a year later by his identical twin Peter, who suspects that Craig’s death was not accidental. Set in a spare downtown-Manhattan apartment after dark, scenes shift from the confrontation between Peter and Kelly, to Kelly’s complicated farewell with her husband Craig. Shinn’s creepy, sophisticated drama—infused with references to 9/11 and the war in Iraq—explores how contemporary politics and recent history have transformed the lives of these three characters.

Christopher Shinn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and lives in New York. His plays include Where Do We Live, Other People, What Didn’t Happen, and On the Mountain, which have been widely produced in New York, across the United States, and in London. He is the recipient of an OBIE Award in Playwriting, as well as the Robert S. Chesney Award. He teaches playwriting at The New School for Drama.

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NY Times
Anyone who doubts that Mr. Shinn is among the most provocative and probing of American playwrights today need only experience the creepy, sophisticated welding of form and content that is DYING CITY. Anyone who has followed the career of Mr. Shinn, who is in his early thirties, knows that he uses tidy dramatic formulas the better to frame the defiant messiness of human lives. He hooks you with tantalizing exposition—and the lure of a wham-bang solution—and then leaves you alone with your racing mind in a forest of ambiguities. On one level DYING CITY is as satisfyingly spooky, crisp and corny as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. But in answering the plot's whodunit-type questions, it spawns a wriggling host of other, deeper questions that stay with you into the night...Unlike so many contemporary plays DYING CITY raises obvious, important issues in any-thing but obvious ways.
A.P.
Trying to make sense of what is left behind envelops DYING CITY, Christopher Shinn's remarkable tale of loss and how two very different people handle their grief. The play is personal, intimate even, yet its themes could not be more all-encompassing and its emotional impact more affecting...In this subtle and revealing play, Shinn is able to take the political and humanize it—transforming the stuff of daily news stories into a devastating statement on the unforeseen and often hidden consequences of war.
NY Observer
The finest new American play I've seen in a long while...DYING CITY is a political play and also a psychodrama about what Arthur Miller called the politics of the soul. It's about public conscience and private grief, and real and symbolic catastrophes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559363297
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 800,534
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Christopher Shinn was born in Hartford, CT and lives in New York. His plays include "Where Do We Live," "Other People," "What Didn't Happen" and "On the Mountain." His work has been produced around the world. He is a winner of an OBIE in Playwriting and the Robert S. Chesney Award. He teaches playwriting at the New School.
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