VERTICAL CONSTELLATION WITH BOMB

New York during World War II. A nun, eagerly collecting scrap metal for the war effort, and Alexander Calder, desperate for raw material for a new sculpture, plead with a grieving mother, clutching a crushed tin airplane tightly to her chest. Will she let go? And for what?
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VERTICAL CONSTELLATION WITH BOMB

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  • William Triplett:
    8 Nov. 2018
    A somber, reflective piece that lures you in with a seemingly simple, almost innocent atmosphere, and then hits you square in the chest -- about where your heart is. A palpable presence of history hints at a sense of futility, which then yields to loss and grief, and finally a possibility of human connection and compassion through art. Hard to imagine all that in less than 10 pages, but there it is -- and movingly rendered.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    18 Sep. 2018
    A devastating short play about loss and grief, and what, if anything, comes from death and war. It was heartbreaking and beautiful to read off the page, I can only imagine how incredible it would be to watch staged.
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    19 Aug. 2018
    A humorous argument that leads to a sobering reflection on the value of our actions and efforts in the face of grief. Suilebhan doesn't let us soak in the sadness of the moment, however. Rather, we're invited to reflect and find new ways to cherish our loved ones and honor the memory of those long past. As these three unlikely characters come together for what could pass for a barroom joke (A nun, a sculptor, and a mother walk into a bar...) we are reminded of the unexpected support we receive from others sometimes. A fantastic, tender, and heartrending play.

Character Information

  • Vernell
    40s,
    African American
    ,
    Female
    A mother, bereft
  • Alexander Calder
    45,
    White
    ,
    Male
    The sculptor
  • Nun
    50s or 60s,
    White
    ,
    Female

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    City Theatre
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    New Theatre
    ,
    2014

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