Marjorie Prime (TCG Edition)

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Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Now a major motion picture starring Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith, and Tim Robbins.

“An elegant, thoughtful and quietly unsettling drama. Marjorie Primeoperates by stealth… at some point, you realize that it’s been landing skillfully targeted punch after punch, right where it hurts… It keeps developing in your head, like a photographic negative, long after you have seen it.”

—Ben Brantley, New York Times

“Brilliant…A startling and profound new drama.” —Jesse Green, New York

“Memory is an essential element of life—crucial to thought, feeling, progress, identity. But it also comes into play with particular power and meaning after someone who has been loved dies. And it is this tension between life and death—with memory functioning as connective tissue—that animates Jordan Harrison’s subtly shattering, Marjorie Prime.” —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“Jordan Harrison’s play has all the hallmarks of the best science fiction; it’s clever in conceit, alive with humor, surprising in its turns, and terribly haunting by the time the lights go out.”

—Rollo Romig, New Yorker

With help from an intriguingly innovative technology in a future not far from our present, Marjorie examines her past, sometimes replacing her realities with idealized memories. Through deeply drawn characters—both real and in the form of artificial intelligence companions, or “Primes” —Harrison burrows into troubling questions of the digital age: What would we remember, and what would we forget, given the power of authorship? Will we be any less human, once computers know us better than we know ourselves?

Jordan Harrison grew up on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. His plays include Maple and Vine, The Grown-Up, Doris to Darlene, Amazons and Their Men, Finn in the Underworld, Act a Lady, Kid-Simple, and Futura. Harrison is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, the Kesselring Prize, and the Horton Foote Prize, among other awards. He was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. A graduate of the Brown MFA program, Harrison is a writer-producer for the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.

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Jordan Harrison grew up on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. His play Maple and Vine premiered in the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and went on to productions at American Conservatory Theater, Playwrights Horizons and City Theatre, among others. Harrison’s other Humana Festival premieres include last season’s The Grown-Up, Act a Lady and Kid-Simple. Other works include Doris to Darlene, a cautionary valentine (Playwrights Horizons), Amazons and Their Men (Clubbed Thumb), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Futura (three-way premiere at Portland Center Stage, NAATCO and the Theatre @ Boston Court) and The Museum Play. His children’s musical The Flea and the Professor premiered at the Arden Theatre and won the Barrymore Award for Best Production; his grown-up musical Suprema was workshopped at the O’Neill’s National Music Theater Conference. Harrison is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, the Kesselring Prize, the Roe Green Award from Cleveland Play House, the Heideman Award, the Loewe Award for Musical Theater, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, a NYSCA grant and a NEA/TCG residency with the Empty Space. A graduate of Stanford University and the Brown MFA program, Harrison is an alumnus of New Dramatists. He is an Affiliated Artist with Clubbed Thumb, the Civilians and the Playwrights’ Center. Harrison currently writes for the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, and is adapting his play Maple and Vine for SundanceTV.
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Publisher
Theatre Communications Group
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Published on
Dec 26, 2016
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Pages
96
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ISBN
9781559368490
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Language
English
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Genres
Drama / American / General
Social Science / Death & Dying
Social Science / Gerontology
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