The Flu Season

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Oberon, 2003 - Drama - 82 pages
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No one in the middle of being in love ever sat down to write a love story. It's only after the belongings are sorted and the shirts returned that the pencils are sharpened and the notebooks opened. So, in a serious way, love stories are never love stories. Love is their inspiration, yes, but the end of love is the reason for their existence. This is a problem. It proposes anti-journeys where we saw only journeys, directs things toward a new negative we hadn't intended. The Flu Season tries to be a love story, anyway. It has a strategy. The play revels in it's ambivalence, lives in fits and starts, and derives a flailing energy from its doubts about itself. But these come at a price, which is paid by the characters in the play. A kind of clarity finally comes. In the end, is the end.

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Will Eno is a contemporary American playwright based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow,

a recipient of the coveted Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Edward F. Albee Foundation, Inc. Fellow. The New

York Times called Eno, "a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation." The Flu Season on the

Oppenheimer Award; Thom Pain (based on nothing was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and

famed playwright Edward Albee has said, "Will Eno is one of the finest young playwrights I've come across in a

number of years." His play Middletown was winner of the 2011 Horton Foote Prize for American Literature.

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