Darkly humorous tragedy of trust betrayed
Jack divides his time between protecting his aged mother from the terrors of the outside world, and sitting alone in the park. He doesn't usually talk to strangers, until, that is, he meets Benny. Believing he has found a friend who can help protect them, he lets Benny into the safehold of his home. But Benny's love is that of an avenging angel. . .The Ash Boy premiered at Theatre 503, London, on 22 March 2006. Due to sell-out performances it reopened on 18 April for a further two and a half weeks.
About the Author
Chris Lee is an Irish playwright based in London. His plays plays include Hummingbird (The Old Red L ion, 1996), The Optimist's Daughter (Finborough Theatre, 1997), Eat the Enemy (The Old Red Lion, 199 9, and in the US, at TheaterLab, Houston, Texas), The Electrocution Of Children (Peacock, Dublin, 19 98) for which he won the Stewart Parker New Playwright Award, and The Map Maker's Sorrow (1999 also at the Peacock). In 1999 he was appointed Writer-in-Association with the Abbey Theatre. In 2000 he w as awarded a Pearson New Playwright's Bursary for an attachment to the Finborough. His fifth play On Line & Paranoid in the Sentimental City (Finborough Theatre, 2000) and Vermilion Dream (Salisbury P layhouse, 2004).