Plays written by Liz Duffy Adams
A DISCOURSE ON THE WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD
THE LISTENER OF JUNK CITY
ONE BIG LIE
THE TRAIN PLAY
A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World (3M/3W): It’s 1702. Ten years after Abigail Williams, instigator of the witch trials, disappeared from Salem, she turns up at the frontier tavern of her fellow witch-hunter, Mercy Lewis. About to leave the colonies forever, it’s her last chance to understand the madness that overtook them. But with war threatening northern New England yet again, Mercy and her fellow townspeople are in no mood for Abigail’s doubts, which suggest to them complicity with the devil. And just when everything is at its most dangerously tense – the devil himself shows up.
The Salonniéres (1M/4W): In pre-Revolutionary Paris, a young girl fresh from the convent is promised in marriage to an older nobleman to pay off her father’s debts. She flees to the literary salon of her late mother’s friends, aristocratic women who conceal radical politics within reinvented folk tales. But which of them is her fairy godmother, and which the cruel stepmother? Is the duke a Prince Charming or a Beast? And is the maid the humble nobody they treat her as, or the hero of a story none of them knows they are in?
Dear Alien (1M or W): An outrageous, witty shambles of an advice columnist known as Dear Alien is under the gun: in danger of eviction, they are desperate to turn in a book of columns and get the advance, but the agonizing sameness of the questions is defeating them—and the deadline was yesterday.
Liz Duffy Adams’ play Or, premiered Off Broadway at Women’s Project Theater and has been produced some forty times since, including at Magic Theater and Seattle Rep. She’s a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Lillian Hellman Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Weston Playhouse Music Theater Award, MacDowell residencies, and Will Glickman Award. Other plays include Dog Act; A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World; Buccaneers; Wet or, Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitude; One Big Lie; and The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It or, The Train Play. Her work has also been produced or developed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Humana Festival, PlayPenn Conference, Portland Center Stage, Flux Ensemble Theater, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Cutting Ball, Shotgun Players, and Crowded Fire, among other places. Publications include Dog Act in “Geek Theater: Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Plays” (Underwords Press 2014); Or, in “Best Plays of 2010” (Smith & Kraus); Poodle With Guitar And Dark Glasses in “Best American Short Plays 2000-2001” (Applause Books); and several plays in acting editions by Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service. Adams has a BFA from New York University and an MFA from Yale School of Drama. She was the 2012–2013 Briggs-Copeland Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard, and the Fall 2014 Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba. She has dual Irish and American citizenship.