Strange Men

Harish lives a modest life running a restaurant in a small market town in Uganda. A member of the minority Indian population, he is estranged from his family for reasons he prefers not to discuss. At night he cooks elaborate dinners that he eats alone. When an openly gay Peace Corps volunteer comes to town looking for more than a meal, Harish’s comfortable routine is broken – and his life put in danger – in...
Harish lives a modest life running a restaurant in a small market town in Uganda. A member of the minority Indian population, he is estranged from his family for reasons he prefers not to discuss. At night he cooks elaborate dinners that he eats alone. When an openly gay Peace Corps volunteer comes to town looking for more than a meal, Harish’s comfortable routine is broken – and his life put in danger – in this simmering exploration of the limits of good intentions, the social disruption of Americans abroad and the menace that hides behind a smile.
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Strange Men

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    28 Oct. 2019
    Wow! What a perfectly paced, taut, intimate drama. Snider's eye towards the intersectionally challenging dynamics at play here--race, ethnicity, sexuality--make for some complex and meaty scenes. This plugs along at an always engrossing simmer until reaching a sudden (and well-earned) boiling point. I hope to see this produced far and wide soon!
  • Rachael Carnes:
    5 Apr. 2019
    When an openly gay newcomer appears on the scene, an Indian Ugandan's world is turned upside down. Snider's lyrical lilt, his brash poetry — the three characters draw you in. Layered subtext and complexities, with great dialogue — I appreciate what Will is doing. It's a fascinating deep dive, well done. With heartbreaking moments and graceful humor, he asks us to consider the darkness and the light in each of us.
  • National New Play Network:
    17 Jan. 2019
    Strange Men by Will Snider was featured in NNPN's 2018 National Showcase of New Plays.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Signature Theatre SigWorks
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    PlayPenn
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    UCSD
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    EST/Youngblood
    ,
    2015

Awards

Winner
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The Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting
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KCACTF
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2016