By Caryl Churchill
Preview by David Roberts
Theatre Reviews Limited
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of “Here We Go / Escaped Alone” by Caryl Churchill. Both critically acclaimed works in this new volume premiered in London – Here We Go in the fall of 2015 at the Lyttelton Theatre, and Escaped Alone in January of 2016 at the Royal Court Theatre. Escaped Alone will premiere in the U.S. at Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 15, 2017.
“What Churchill has written is a striking memento mori for an age without faith; and although her play is brief, that in itself evokes the idea that we are here for a short time and then are suddenly gone.” – Michael Billington, “The Guardian” on “Here We Go”
The prolific repertoire of Caryl Churchill gains two thrilling new entries with “Here We Go” and “Escaped Alone,” both exemplary of her notoriously dark, witty work. Creeping and ruminative, “Here We Go” “acts as a chilling reminder of our own mortality” (“The Guardian”), with a three-part examination of death and its aftermath. “Escaped Alone” considers a notably broader demise: the apocalypse. Through the musings of four older women – Sally, Vi, Lena, and Mrs. Jarrett – idly chatting in an English back garden, the fate of the world is outlined in an unsettling revelation of humankind’s own self-destruction.
“Line by line it’s hard to imagine you’ll come across a more brilliant play this year . . . and what makes Escaped Alone a great play is that it is strangely euphoric: spiked with terrible, apocalyptic foreboding, yes, but Churchill’s funniest since Serious Money, and with an incredible gift for spinning light out of the dark.” – Andrzej Lukowski, “Time Out London” on “Escaped Alone”
Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television, and radio. A renowned and prolific playwright, her plays include “Cloud 9,” “Top Girls,” ‘Far Away,” “Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?, “Bliss,” “Love and Information,” “Mad Forest,” and “A Number.” In 2002, she received the Obie Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2010, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
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A review of Caryl Churchill’s “Here We Go” and “Escaped Alone” will follow.