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Nick Hern Books, 2002 - Human cloning - 62 pages
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This play addresses the subject of human cloning. How might a man feel to discover that he is only one in a number of identical copies. And which one of him is the original? The play opens the Royal Court's autumn season, directed by Caryl Churchill's regular collaborator, Stephen Daldry.

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User Review  - veranasi - LibraryThing

Clever and frightening. I think many people would probably find the play boring, but it strikes at the heart of identity. The play is about cloning, but it goes somewhere deeper, into a place where ... Read full review

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A play about cloning runs the risk of creating a false situation, totally unscientific, and also of becoming a moralizing tome filled with utter silliness. This one manages to avoid both of those ... Read full review

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Carl Churchill, also spelled as Caryl Churchill, was born in London, England, on September 3, 1938. Growing up, Churchill lived in both England and Canada and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, in 1960. While at Oxford, Churchill became interested in theatre and went on to write three plays while she was there. After graduation, Churchill spent the next ten years writing plays, including "Lovesick" and "Schreber's Nervous Illness," which were broadcast on the BBC. In 1974, Churchill began working for the Royal Court Theatre as a resident playwright and two years later she joined the Joint Stock Theatre Group, an organization that uses collective collaboration between actors, writers, and directors when creating theatrical works. Churchill has also written dozens of books over the years, among them Blue Heart, Cloud Nine, and Hotel: In a Room Anything Can Happen. Looked upon as a voice of post-modernism, Churchill is well known for her use of dramatic structure.

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