Love and InformationStaff Picks is a regular series where Samuel French staff members get the chance to chat about their favorite musicals or plays. Name and job title? Kelly McCready. Licensing Rep! And which play are we talking about today?
Love and Information
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy. In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know. Someone sneezes. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone hates irrational numbers.
A man and a woman sit on a checkered blanket on a sunny afternoon in the park having a picnic of sorts, perhaps a first date. She's drinking wine and doing all the talking as he sits listening, a bemused smile on his face. Gradually, his smile grows confused. Such is the nature of dating in , a subject briefly touched upon in Love and Information , a play — if you can call it that — by Caryl Churchill, being presented courtesy of New York Theatre Workshop at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Under the direction of James Macdonald, this disorienting work is a collection of 57 short, unrelated pieces performed by 15 excellent actors in a doorless, five-sided cube designed by Miriam Buether resembling graph paper.
Love and Information is a play written by the British playwright Caryl Churchill. It first opened at the Royal Court Theatre in September The play is a compilation of seven sections each with a number of scenes that range from less than a minute in length to a few minutes long. The "random" section of scenes, included at the end of the play, are able to be incorporated anywhere within the play. This allows the director ample freedom to play with the storyline of the play along with the certain themes and questions they want to highlight with their particular production.