Rosemary wants to go to Italy. Harry insists that she remain at home.
Rosemary decides to go anyway.
For the couple, both in their late seventies, the trip becomes a metaphor: What will happen after the final goodbye? How will the one left behind manage?
The play moves back and forth in time, examining the couple's life together. Ultimately, the work reminds us of the precious nature of life, itself a short trip.
"A Short Trip" features four characters, the young and older versions of Rosemary and Harry, and makes minimal use of set, lights, and props. It is a simple show that tries to deal with difficult, universal, issues:
How do human beings manage separation from those we love?
Is there life after death?
What is the purpose of life?
Is there a God? If there is, how does It manifest itself?
This play takes no side in the religious debate. It allows for multiple interpretations of the nature of reality and what may or may not be beyond it.
"A Short Trip" was written and developed in Rome, Italy with The English Theatre in Rome. The story is inspired by my grandparents and is dedicated to my late father-in-law. It will premiere at the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival and will feature a great team of theater professionals. Please visit http://www.ashorttrip.net for more information.
Writing in Rome, with the detritus of a lost civilization all around, inevitably forces bigger questions. "A Short Trip" is an attempt to tackle some of these.
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