Synopsis

The Heidi Chronicles

The Heidi Chronicles $10.99

Wendy Wasserstein

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 5 Female

1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
The Tony Award
The New York Drama Critics Circle Award
The Outer Critics Circle Award
The Drama Desk Award
The Hull-Warriner Award
The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

A significant and celebrated play, which was first presented by Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons and went on to become a long-run Broadway success

Funny, touching, and written with rare grace and sensitivity, the play is a moving examination of the progress of a generation, from the socially and politically activist sixties to the success-oriented eighties - a time during which the status of American women underwent profound, and sometimes unsettling, change

Comprised of a series of interrelated scenes, the play traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world

Gradually distancing herself from her friends, she watches them move from the idealism and political radicalism of their college years through militant feminism

And, eventually, back to the materialism that they had sought to reject in the first place

Heidi's own path to maturity involves an affair with the glib, arrogant Scoop Rosenbaum, a womanizing lawyer/publisher who eventually marries for money and position

A deeper but even more troubling relationship with a charming, witty young pediatrician, Peter Patrone, who turns out to be gay

And increasingly disturbing contacts with the other women, now much changed, who were a part of her childhood and college years

Eventually Heidi comes to accept the fact that liberation can be achieved only if one is true to oneself, with goals that come out of need rather than circumstance

As the play ends she is still "alone," but having adopted an orphaned baby, it is clear that she has begun to find a sense of fulfillment and continuity that may well continue to elude the others of her anxious, self-centered generation

REVIEWS

"A wonderful and important play" ~ NY Newsday

"Witty, hilariousnot just a funny play, but a wise oneI doubt we'll see a better play this season" ~ NY Daily News

"Not many plays manage Heidi's feat of inducing almost continuous laughter while forcing the audience to examine its preconceptions" ~ Variety

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