Cost of Living

What is the road that brought us here? Unemployed truck driver Eddie sits at a bar alone, recalling his final moments with wife, Ani, when a car accident turned the focus of their relationship from divorcing to caregiving. Overworked, under-qualified, and nearly homeless, Jess takes on another job to make ends meet – this time, as a personal caregiver for a wealthy and beautiful graduate student named John, who...
What is the road that brought us here? Unemployed truck driver Eddie sits at a bar alone, recalling his final moments with wife, Ani, when a car accident turned the focus of their relationship from divorcing to caregiving. Overworked, under-qualified, and nearly homeless, Jess takes on another job to make ends meet – this time, as a personal caregiver for a wealthy and beautiful graduate student named John, who has cerebral palsy. The histories, influences, and challenges of four lives converge in the meeting of two strangers in a small, empty apartment in Bayonne, NJ.
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Cost of Living

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  • Asher Wyndham:
    13 Apr. 2019
    One of my favorite reading experiences of all time. Perfectly paced development of relationships, building in startling intimacy, spiritual and sensual and sexy. The bathing scene! Producers --this should be your first choice for a play on disability to consider for your season. Marvelous, masterful work!
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    22 Jun. 2018
    There are experiences that you have as a reader that leave you humbled by the talent, humanity and obvious love given to text by the author. Majok has done that and so much more with COST OF LIVING. The play captures you from the very first monologue. The conversation flows so beautifully and the silence speak so much more than any measure of dialogue. To read the script is to read a virtuoso creating endlessly accessible dialogue and story. It's stunning and absolutely heartrending. Read this play and let it wash over you like a Satie miniature. What gorgeous writing.
  • Dave Osmundsen:
    21 Jun. 2018
    Class, ableism, and the human desire to be seen all play a part in this beautifully-written and super-compelling play. The story follows two equally involving narratives-- one about an overworked Princeton graduate who cares for a wealthy graduate student, and the other about a man caring for his wife in the wake of a debilitating accident. The dialogue flows musically, and you root for these people to connect with one another. Two fantastic roles for disables actors a plus, too. Highly recommended.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Lark Play Development Center
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
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    LAByrinth Theater Company
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
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    Dorset Theatre Festival
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
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    Apprentice Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Professional
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    Williamstown Theatre Festival
    ,
    2016

Awards

Winner
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Jean Kennedy Smith Prize
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
,
2016
Winner
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Women's Invitational
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Ashland New Plays Festival
,
2016