The Homage that Follows


Mark Medoff

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 2 Female

A brilliant young mathematician, Archie Landrum, goes to work for and befriends a retired high-school English teacher, Katherine Samuel

She has recently lost her beloved husband. When Katherine's substance - abusing TV-star daughter, Lucy, returns home to the family farm to dry out, Archie becomes obsessed with her and, ultimately, murders her when she makes it clear she is unavailable

Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Tellez, a former suitor of Lucy's, is charged with babysitting Archie in the county jail. Public Defender, Joseph Smith, a former suitor of Katherine's, is to defend Archie

These five circle each other with their individual needs and furies; as the circle becomes tighter, implosion is inevitable

" eloquently dramatizes questions of responsibility, guilt and pathology the complex moral issues are translated into challenging story theater, like a cubist portrait of grief Homage must be paid, this grieving mother cries to the stars, and Medoff answers her prayers. And ours" ~ LA Times

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