Jed and Lila are compulsive movers. For them, moving boxes, packing tape, and open houses are the ultimate aphrodisiacs. They meet on a moving day, Jed proposes on a moving day, and they end up moving 18 times in 18 years. Moving defines their lives, their identities. They move for fun, to recover from tragedy, and for new opportunities--until Lila decides she wants them to put down roots, in Boston.
Lila's decision strains their marriage to its limits. What once brought them together now drives them apart. Jed, a computer programming wiz, takes off on a strange cross-country odyssey as a hired hand on a moving van. Nothing about his marriage or life makes sense anymore, and even his obsessive counting can't get his mind back on track. Lila ends up in the hospital after accidentally cutting off her fingers (she's a woodworking instructor) and struggles to both recover and find her husband. They both desperately search for a way back to each other that will make sense of how they've changed since they first met and married.
Moving tells the story of a marriage challenged by wanderlust, regular old lust, obsession, infertility and adoption, and race. Ultimately, Jed and Lila must find some combination of forgiveness and self-compromise for them to have any hope of staying together.
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About the Author
He seems to like to start things: he started Boston’s Rhombus Playwrights writers’ group, the Chameleon Stage theatre company in Denver, the Bare Bones Theatre company in New York, the publication Market InSight… for Playwrights, and the on-line Playwrights’ Submission Binge. His plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Smith & Kraus, Original Works Publishers, and Volcano Quarterly. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a board member of StageSource. Patrick’s radio plays have been broadcast on NPR and elsewhere. He blogs about the writing life at The Writing Life x3.
Both Blinders and Reading the Mind of God were nominated for Best New Play by the Denver Drama Critics Circle. Awards won by Patrick include the Colorado Arts Innovation Award, a Playwriting Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Festival of Emerging American Theatre, the New American Theatre Festival, the In10 UMBC Competition, and the Market House Theatre One-Act Play Award.
In his spare time, Patrick likes to farm. The Pen and Pepper Farm in Dracut, MA, is his latest farm project.