Neon Psalms


Thomas Strelich

Published by Samuel French Inc

2 Male 2 Female

The setting of this off beat play is an isolated trailer near Boron, California: site of the world's largest open pit Borax mine

A fragile truce between Luton Mears, a retired heavy equipment operator, and his born again wife Patina is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of their daughter Barbara, a divorcee in her thirties

Lost and bottomed out, she moves home just to get back on her feet and finds herself trapped in a comic but progressively brutal cross fire between Luton who wants her to stay and Patina who wants her to go

This wasteland receives a blast of hilariously fresh air from the propane delivery man, Ray, who describes a bizarre but strangely comforting future. The play asks: Is there a substitute for the love of another human being, and if so, what are the consequences of that substitution?

"A gentle, funny play" ~ N.Y. Daily News

"Gently sardonic" ~ N.Y. Times

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