“Will Eno is one of the finest younger playwrights I have come across in a number of years. His work is inventive, disciplined and, at the same time, wild and evocative. His ear is splendid and his mind is agile.”—Edward Albee
“An original, a maverick wordsmith whose weird, wry dramas gurgle with the grim humor and pain of life. Eno specializes in the connections of the unconnected, the apologetic murmurings of the disengaged.”—Guardian
Winner of the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for best New York debut by an American playwright, The Flu Season is a reluctant love story, in spite of itself. Set in a hospital and a theater, it is a play that revels in ambivalence and derives a flailing energy from its doubts whether a love story is ever really a love story.
Will Eno has been called “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation” (The New York Times)—he is a playwright with an extraordinary voice and a singular theatrical vision. Also included in this volume are Tragedy: A Tragedy and Intermission.
Nine Ten Minute Plays for Two Actors
STORM ON STORM - Norton Templer has been struck by lightning twice, gaining fame as New Jersey’s “weather-provoking” Lawn Furniture Salesman. But the real storm is at home, where his wife grows cold and his own daughter is afraid to have him at her wedding.
DUMP - How can Pauley just want to sleep when her sickly father is discovered missing? Racing the clock, her best friend, Corrina, has to find out before time runs out.
GAME ON - At the end of a first date with no chance of a second, Donnie demands to know why he and Ted didn’t spark. But the answer – that Donnie isn’t “straight-acting” – leads him to question: why date a guy who acts like something he’s not?
GAWK - After her grandson’s death, Winnapeg is visited by the last person to see him alive: the boy’s white fourth grade teacher, Joyce. But if all Joyce wants is to hand over a blood-stained final letter, why isn’t she leaving – and will Winnapeg even let her?
THE SWEEP - Frank summons his friend Johnson to a hospital waiting room with an unusual post-mortem request: to be in charge of “the sweep” – removing, after his death, the signs of the side of life he keeps hidden. But what is Frank hiding from his best friend?
CAUGHT WITHOUT CANDY - The screams coming from Amanda and Donna’s house on Halloween have nothing to do with Trick or Treaters, and everything to do with a couple’s journey into truths about life that will change them forever.
MARC-US - On the viewing platform of the World Trade Center Disaster, a gay man who lost his partner on 9/11 receives unexpected support from a female stranger: a chatty tourist from way, way out of town.
VERTICALS AND HORIZONTALS - There are two kinds of people in this world, as Sonya and Bradley discover when a wild Southern customer rolls out of a Persian rug in the store where they work. To make the sale, they’ll have to figure out which kind they personally are, even if it means rising down to his level.
"genuinely amusing, illuminating, almost wholesome."
- Jonathan Mandell (@NewYorkTheatre)
"honest, charming, vulnerable."
- Ed Malin (NYTHEATER.COM)
"bold and innovative."
- Stephen Tortora-Lee (The Happiest Medium)
"hilarious and relatable."
- Adrienne Urbanski, (Theatre is Easy)
Synopsis: This subtle and touching drama takes place at a truck stop diner in West Texas, where two desperate and lonely strangers find redemption in each other's eyes while discussing a stolen guitar. The play explores raw human emotions and consequences while these two desperate characters navigate and come to terms with the choices they've made on the road of life.
“Goodnight Lovin’ Trail is about as perfect a one act play as I’ve ever come across; effectively comprised of all the parts that make a play work: characters who are brimming with contradiction, both hopeful and hopeless and a story line that drops in on the surface of these lives like a perfect teardrop.”
—The Happiest Medium
Cast Size: Diverse cast of 6 - 20
Cast Size: 2 Males, 1 Female
An award-winning South African theatre play, written at the height of Apartheid. The play takes place in a police dog training facility. The characters themselves are dogs - played by actors padding around on all fours. The story unfolds as we discover the group dynamics of a bunch of very jaundiced, somewhat depressed dogs, beginning to wonder what their purpose is in life. The simmering discontent of the dogs existence is brought to a head with the arrival of Rex, a domestic civilian dog with radically different ideas. A dog's Godot begins to play out in the kennel...
"The play is brilliant."(Weekly Mail) "A very fine, thoughtful piece of writing that has both a message and is very very funny." (The Star)