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Dying City

By Christopher Shinn

October 2 – November 25, 2012


The Washington Premiere of a Bold New Play

A transfixing, intimate play from the author of Four and Where Do We Live.

One year after his identical twin brother, Craig’s, suspicious death in Iraq, Peter shows up unannounced at his sister-in-law Kelly’s apartment. Having not spoken since the funeral, Peter and Kelly face-off in a passive-aggressive battle rooted in half-truths and betrayal. The two’s emotionally brutal skirmish intersperses with flashbacks of Craig’s final night home before deployment.

Featuring Thomas Keegan and Rachel Zampelli (Brother Russia), Dying City is a subtle commentary on the heart-breaking ramifications of war.

“[An] achingly compassionate new play.” —Variety

“Anyone who doubts that Mr. Shinn is among the most provocative and probing of American playwrights today need only experience the . . . sophisticated welding of form and content that is Dying City.” —The New York Times

By Christopher Shinn
Directed by Matthew Gardiner