Synopsis

Switzerland

Switzerland $10.99

Joanna Murray-Smith

Published by Dramatists Play Service

1 Male 1 Female

A gripping two-hander ...

Somewhere in the Swiss Alps, grande dame of crime literature Patricia Highsmith lives with an impressive collection of books

And a sinister collection of guns and knives

She finds solace in her solitude, her cats, and cigarettes

But when a mysterious international visitor arrives at her perfectly secluded home, her love of fictional murders becomes a dangerous reality

REVIEWS

"Writers of crime fiction are rarely as brutal or twisted as the characters they create. But meet Patricia Highsmith - by general agreement a foul-mouthed misanthrope who spent decades detailing the psychotic narcissism lurking in humanity's dark heart " ~ Variety

" ... an act of homage by way of larceny, appropriating Highsmith the real person as a fictional character in one of her own queasy dramas. The play hinges on an irresistible conceit Murray-Smith has great fun emulating Highsmith's terse, caustic register " ~ The Hollywood Reporter

"Switzerland explores what it's like to be a woman writer in a man's literary kingdom Murray-Smith's dialogue sparkles with witty one-liners" ~ Time Out (Sydney)

"Murray-Smith's work has never been darker or more compelling It's impossible to know what Highsmith herself would have made of the play. But it's not hard to imagine her delighting in its intelligence, humour, darkness and gentle unravelling. It's a truly great play" ~ Daily Review (Australia)

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