Dying City

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Pub Date: 05/01/2008

Pages: 96

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

Imprint: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN 13: 9781559363297

ISBN 10: 1559363290

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Category: DRAMA / American / General

Dying City

By Christopher Shinn

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About the Book

“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.

About the Book

"A stunning drama about life in the shadow of September 11th and the Iraq war."--Time


Christopher Shinn is a New York-based playwright and the author of Four, Other People, The Coming World, What Didn’t Happen, On the Mountain, Where Do We Live, Dying City, Now or Later and Picked. His work has been produced at the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory and Soho Theatre, among others. His adaptation of Hedda Gabler for Roundabout Theatre Company premiered on Broadway in 2009. Mr. Shinn is the recipient of an Obie Award in Playwriting and a Guggenheim Fellowship, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play in 2009. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communication Group (TCG) Residency Program and the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and was the recipient of the Robert Chesley Award. Mr. Shinn teaches playwriting at the New School for Drama. His plays are published in a collection from TCG, in the UK by A&C Black and in acting editions from Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts.