Synopsis

Go Back to Where You Are

Go Back to Where You Are $9.99

David Greenspan

Published by Samuel French Inc

5 Male 2 Female

Passalus, a failed actor from ancient Athens now festering in hell, is given the opportunity of redemption by returning to Earth to free a young woman from her domineering mother, Claire, a distinguished stage actress

Passalus accepts the proposal with the understanding that on completing his mission his soul will be annihilated

God agrees but with the caveat that Passalus not become entangled in the lives of others!

Granted the ability to shape-shift, Passalus assumes the role of a British matron and former actress, arriving at Claire's summer home during a week-end in which she is hosting friends and family

But Passalus is also equipped to hear the inner thoughts of the characters he encounters and armed with knowledge of their suffering is unable to remain aloof

He also finds himself falling in love with Claire's brother, Bernard, the under-appreciated author of eccentric comedies

The play dramatizes second chances in love and it's love that facilitates the soul's release from hell into life again

Characters

All characters appear on stage throughout, entering scenes as indicated

BERNARD - a playwright
PASSALUS - an actor, demon, assumes the character of Constance Simmons
GOD - played by the actor playing Malcolm
CLAIRE - an actress, Bernard's sister
CHARLOTTE - an actress, Claire's friend
TOM - a director, Claire's friend
WALLY - a director, Claire's son
MALCOLM - a set designer, Tom's partner

"A compassionate comedy about an extended family of theater people ... marked by such sympathetic insight into the complicated lives of striving artists" ~ Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

"For all of its incidental humor, Go Back to Where You Are mainly concerns a soul's last chance to experience love. In the process, Greenspan's mercurial play blithely transcends chronology and realism as the characters speak directly to the audience, give voice to their unspoken thoughts" ~ Michael Sommers, New Jersey News Room

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