Incognito - ACTING EDITION $13

Nick Payne

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 2 Female

Four actors play a combined 21 characters within these three interwoven stories ...

A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein

A neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman

And a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend

Incognito brilliantly braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions

And what it means to be human

Runs about 90 minutes


"Two years ago, Payne won copious awards for Constellations, to which this new play bears a passing resemblance in its exploration of identity and free will. I happen to think Incognito is a better play in its formal ingenuity and intellectual adventurousness" ~ Michael Billington, The Guardian

"This is shiningly brilliant, a meditation on neuroscience, memory, deception, heredity and identity: alive with compassion and wonder, streaked with intelligent humour..." ~ Libby Purves, theatreCat

" tantalizing[a] lively, self-examining drama of ideas Mr. Payne makes it clear that science and sentimentality need not be mutually exclusive as befits a work about the vagaries of memory, Mr. Payne's multilayered works remain in your mind, challenging our most fundamental notions of autonomous selfhood" ~ NY Times

"[INCOGNITO] is likely to send you out of the theatre working out the puzzle. And keep you thinking for days after highly recommended, thought-provoking, impressive and entertaining" ~ The Huffington Post

" at the top of its class clever and poignant one of [Payne's] great gifts is the ability to poignantly meld complicated philosophic and scientific tenets with simpler human struggles" ~ The Guardian

"[INCOGNITO] further confirms that Payne is in a class of his own as a contemporary writeran examination of the brain through the lens of personal identityPayne's writing styleallows for such heady concepts to spring naturally from everyday conversations. In fact, INCOGNITO never once feels like a stolid post-grad lecture on neuroscience. Through and through, it is a compelling, humane story, featuring absorbing characters with whom we feel a kinship" ~


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