SUKI LIVINGSTON OPENS LIKE A PARACHUTE

A 50-year-old woman suddenly wins acclaim for her paintings, but knows they are dreadful. She can't face the reason why her vision has deteriorated. She can't see her hand in front of her face, but she will see memories all too clearly. She joins hands with herself at age 12 to travel through her life again, through the turbulent 1960s, love and marriage to a schizophrenic man, to finally confront the...
A 50-year-old woman suddenly wins acclaim for her paintings, but knows they are dreadful. She can't face the reason why her vision has deteriorated. She can't see her hand in front of her face, but she will see memories all too clearly. She joins hands with herself at age 12 to travel through her life again, through the turbulent 1960s, love and marriage to a schizophrenic man, to finally confront the moment when she chose to leave him. Suki accepts her choice and can continue with confidence. In this wild ride of a play (with laughs, tears, talking dogs, JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., time-bending superheroines...) the past helps the present and the present helps the past.
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SUKI LIVINGSTON OPENS LIKE A PARACHUTE

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  • Donna Gordon:
    20 Jan. 2018
    Love the condensing of history into a full well-chosen phrases. In fact, this play is eminently clever and well-written. The texture is complex but the writing flows well through it. Using the older woman as a kind of conscience for the young woman is very effective. Such knowledge of schizophrenia is hard to come by, and, as it turns out, living with a schizophrenic seems impossible. The theme is presented through a unique use of flashbacks. Would love to see this produced.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Lafayette Salon Series
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    2017
  • Workshop
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    Rising Solo, NYC
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    2011