DMT to Present Staged Reading of DYING CITY, 4/1


DMT to Present Staged Reading of DYING CITY, 4/1

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) has announced the sixth production in the 2013-2014 "Bare Bones" staged reading series: "DYING CITY" by Christopher Shinn, a provocative, psychological drama about two people who share a tragic legacy.

The play will have one performance, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 8:00pm, at the Hayward Area Senior Center, next door to the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, CA. Tickets are $10 (open seating), and are available through the Box Office at (510) 881-6777 or online at

"The finest new American play I've seen in a long while...'DYING CITY ' is a political play and also a psychodrama about what Arthur Miller called the politics of the soul." -NY Observer.

A year after her husband's death while serving in Iraq, Kelly, a young therapist, is confronted by his identical twin brother, Peter, who barges in unannounced at her apartment. Set in the years just after 9/11, "DYING CITY" deals with profound issues of sexuality and betrayal and provides an unsettling commentary on the unexpected and often unseen consequences of war in our society.

A strong proponent of psychoanalysis, playwright Christopher Shinn follows in the footsteps of other modern soul-searching dramatists such as Ibsen, Chekhov and O'Neill. He believes that confronting the truth, no matter how brutal, is essential for his own psychic well-being; and while his plays are personal stories, they reflect much larger important social and political questions. In an interview in American Theatre magazine, Shin explains: "My feeling is that the best way to approach the political is through the psyche, through emotion, through the level at which people live."

"DYING CITY" had its world premiere in 2006 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in a production by The English Stage Company. The play was originally produced in the United States in March 2007 by the Lincoln Center Theater in New York, and starred Rebecca Brooksher as Kelly and Pablo Schreiber as Craig/Peter.

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