Missing Persons

Missing Persons $13

Craig Lucas

Published by Dramatists Play Service

4 Male 3 Female

Independently wealthy, a published author and tenured professor at Swarthmore College, Addie Pencke spends Thanksgiving holiday struggling to hold together her splintered ego and her fractured family

Her capacious, book-lined home is peopled with real and imagined figures from sixty years of political activism, hard-drinking, a failed marriage and lost opportunities

Neighbors, strays, in-laws, children as they once were and as they could never be, remembered selves, all inhabit Addie's home for the holidays

In shifting power struggles, the critic attempts to reconcile with the artist, the parent with the child, and the living with the dead

"[a] truly intelligent play, one that is literary and heartfelt, beautifully writtena well-crafted, moving storya dramatic rarity in these or any times" ~ NY Post

"Mr. Lucas, the very gifted writer of Prelude to a Kiss and Reckless, has created an expressly theatricalresonant metaphor for the ways memory can crippleCertain isolated momentsremind us of what Mr. Lucas can do so well: That is, find a uniquely whimsical expression for the cataclysmic menace and hostility lurking in the prose of everyday life" ~ NY Times

"Craig Lucas is our neighborhood Pan of darkness, charming his flocks into troubled waters with an elfin grin and a childlike penchant for whimsy" ~ NY Newsday

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