In Absentia by Morris Panych

By Morris Panych

Four seasons after her husband Tom’s disappearance, Colette is still emotionally paralyzed, remoted in a rustic cottage. She waits in suffering, now not realizing no matter if he's lifeless or alive, yet clinging to pray. a tender stranger in a jean jacket waves to her from the frozen lake – an indication? She emerges to offer him her husband’s parka – surprisingly, the boy has a likeness to Tom.

What is the stranger’s connection to her geologist husband, abducted greater than a 12 months earlier than by means of leftist guerrillas in Colombia? How does this slyly seductive younger stranger occur to teach up at her domestic in rural Ontario, hundreds of thousands of miles away? He turns out to understand extra approximately Colette than he should still, and as he slowly insinuates himself into her lifestyles, Colette’s attentive sister, Evelyn, and her valuable neighbor invoice turn into more and more alarmed.

Part secret, half relocating tale of vanished love, In Absentia explores the inspiration of disappearance, articulated in very own phrases. during the difficult, time-shifting motion of the play, Colette displays on her marriage and old flame, providing wealthy associative stories whereas additionally uncovering the hidden and inaccessible – that that's made to vanish from view.

Guilt and grief, infidelity and infertility, loss and longing are the deeper topics Panych explores the following. whilst, the play examines the need to make connections in existence – suggestions to deeds, intentions to results – in scenes frequently enlivened through the playwright’s trademark humor.

Cast of three males and a pair of women.

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