Neighbors on the Lower East Side struggle to live in an increasingly fractured city.
“An exceptionally fine new play that probes with clarity and compassion the lives of a handful of New Yorkers just before, and just after, the events of September 11… Shinn captures, as no playwright yet has, the strange, terrible continuity of those days in New York – how, for most people, little really changed, even as we were being told that everything had.” – Charles Isherwood, Variety
“Christopher Shinn writes with unstinting curiosity, asking what it means to ignore the community in which you live and wondering why empathy seems to be going out of style.” – Kate Kellaway, Observer
“A deeply haunting play about a city struggling against darkness. One can only marvel at Shinn’s ability.” – Matt Wolf, Variety
world premiere: Royal Court Theatre, 2002
pictured: Vineyard Theatre, 2004. Directed by Christopher Shinn. Photos by Carol Rosegg.
This play is also included in the anthology “Where Do We Live and other plays.”