A lapsed academic haunted by her past, and by an ambiguous angel, in the backwoods of the American South; a Midwestern widower dreams of returning to the Ireland of his youth; a heartsick cabbie auditions for his ex in a pub-theatre in Cork City; a schizophrenic grapples for freedom from the mother in his mind; three voices of the COVID-19 pandemic seek long-distance resolution and reunion. In these and other monologues, selected from over two decades of work, award-winning American playwright Dan O'Brien illuminates, in heartbreaking and unwavering fashion, the humanity of lost souls longing to be heard.
Dan O'Brien's plays include The Body of an American, winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, as well as the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, and The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, winner of the 2018 PEN Award for Drama. A former Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art, O'Brien is also an award-winning poet with collections published in the US and the UK. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.