Isolated: Two Plays

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Coach House Books, 2007 - Drama - 156 pages
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Isolated collects two plays by an original dramatic voice.

In Recovery, people around the world are addicted to a mysterious substance. Large recovery centers are set up, promising refuge, treatment, and healing to millions of addicts. But all is not what it seems. Following three residents of a facility in Antarctica, Recovery is a subtle, quirky, and disturbing play of Orwellian proportions about the commodification of fear, the oppression of the individual, and the blinding consequences of a medicalized society.

            In Get Away, a strange malaise is leaving people listless and apathetic. David escapes to a cabin in the woods where he discovers two hauntingly beautiful teenagers. Sensing that they might be the key to his survival, and wanting to protect them, he invites them in. The three become dangerously intertwined, and it becomes unclear who is the predator and who is the prey. Part fairy tale and part horror film, Get Away is a haunting look at the destructive nature of longing and our desperate need for love.  


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Greg MacArthur's plays have been produced across Canada, as well as in South Africa, Germany and the UK. His writing credits include Snowman, girls! girls! girls! (collected as Exposure, p. 28), Epiphany, The Rise and Fall of Peter Gaveston and Beggar Boy. He is currently artist-in-residence at Playwrights' Workshop Montreal.

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