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When Is a Clock

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Dramatic Comedy / 5m, 3f / Approximate running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission. / Various settings, some real, some imaginary, in Pennsylvania / When Gordon's wife vanishes, the only clue to her whereabouts is a bookmark in dog-eared copy of Traveling to Montpelier. With little help to be found at work, from his son, or from the police, Gordon takes off to a rural bookstore to find some answers. His journey brings him to the town of Cornersville, in the wilds of Pennsylvania. Through a fractured narrative that is half-mystery and half-memory, we learn about Gordon’s marriage, his relationship with his son, his work-life and his wife’s bizarre entanglements with a mysterious stranger. We learn, too, about the nature of the landscape unique to the play: a magical universe with physics and laws that can both free the characters from their own stifling identities, and trap them as well. Synchronicity, dreams, and alchemy combine in this exploration of what it means to be able to – and unable to – change. At turns both scathingly funny and disturbingly compelling, When Is A Clock features Freeman's celebrated deconstruction of American culture - which has been called "nonviolent, though as savage as any slasher film" by the New York Times.

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AMAZING PLAY! Incredible playwright -

Love This Play

I've had the pleasure of seeing quite a bit of Matt Freeman's work over the years...and I say "pleasure because his stuff is AMAZING. This play is funny and sad and full of longing and really, really smart; you know, all of the things that make up great theatre. I think his is a unique voice in American theatre and highly recommend.

Much to chew on

Freeman is a master at metaphysical absurdity-if that is such a thing and if it isn't, it is now. When is a Clock is a multi layered feast that may be difficult to digest at first, but there is much here for anyone who appreciates a wickedly subversive eye on our American society, our relationships and on the often deluded impressions we have of ourselves. Bravo.

When Is a Clock
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Theater
  • Published: Nov 01, 2011
  • Publisher: Samuel French
  • Seller: INscribe Digital
  • Print Length: 59 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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