Synopsis

The Dazzle & Everett Beekin

The Dazzle & Everett Beekin $12.99

Richard Greenberg

Published by Faber & Faber

Two plays from the author of Take Me Out and Three Days of Rain

In The Dazzle, Richard Greenberg takes on the story of the Collyer brothers, legendary New York eccentrics who, following their deaths in 1947, were found to have collected more than 136 tons of trash within their grand but crumbling Harlem mansion

As depicted by Richard Greenberg, Langley and Homer Collyer are consumed by their obsessions - Homer reveling in telling tall tales, Langley captured by the "dazzle" of images contained within objects -

Everett Beekin explores the tensions between the safety of family and the yearning for a larger life through the relationships of two sets of Jewish sisters

Set in the 1940s, Act One opens with Anna and Sophie dining in their mother's Lower East Side tenement, bickering over the presence of their sister Miri's Gentile suitor, Jimmy

In Act Two, fifty years later, Anna's daughters Nell and Celia meet on a California beach before the wedding of Nell's daughter Laurel. Linking the generations is the name Everett Beekin - Jimmy's business partner and, later, Laurel's prospective bridegroom Everett Beekin VIII

As the play continues Everett Beekin becomes "a haunted, restless meditation on American rootlessness" ~ The New York Times

Everett Beekin is a "beautiful, disturbing, shockingly funny and profoundly humane play by a masterful dramatist" ~ Chicago Sun-Times

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