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A Number

A Number

May 2003
Trade Paperback · 64 Pages
$11.95 U.S.
ISBN 9781559362252
Theatre Communications Group


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Caryl Churchill, hailed by Tony -Kushner as "the greatest living English language playwright," has turned her extraordinary dramatic gifts to the subject of human cloning — how might a man feel to discover that he is only one in a number of identical copies. And which one of him is the original… ? Caryl Churchill is the author of some twenty plays including Cloud Nine, Top Girls, The Skriker, Blue Heart and Far Away. A Number confirms Chuchill's status as the first dramatist of the 21st century. On the face of it, it is human cloning& Like all Churchill's best plays, A Number deals with both the essentials and the extremities of human experience& The questions of this brilliant, harrowing play asks are almost unanswerable, which is why they must be asked Sunday Times Caryl Churchill's magnificent new play only last an hour but contains more drama, and more ideas, than most writers manage in a dozen full-length works. Daily Telegraph Caryl Churchill's never stands still. After the dystopian nightmare of Far Away, she now comes up with a challenging new form of moral inquiry. And the key question she asks in this play is from what the essential core of self derives: from nature or nurture, genetic inheritance or environmental circumstance? Guardian

About the Author

Caryl Churchill (1938–) is probably the most respected woman dramatist in the English-speaking world. She is the author of some twenty plays including Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Serious Money, The Skriker, Blue Heart, Far Away and A Number, seen and admired all over the world. CARYL CHURCHILL's plays include "Cloud Nine" (revived in 2007 to huge acclaim at the Almeida, London), "Top Girls", "Serious Money", "The Skriker", "Blue Heart", "Far Away" and "A Number". Most are published by NHB.