Am Lit, or Hibernophilia
Other Plays by Dan O'Brien
O'Brien, Dan (American playwright, 19__-____), “Am Lit, or Hibernophilia,”
a 20-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in JFK Airport lounge, U.S.A., 2002,
© 2002 by Dan O’Brien;
• in Dan O’Brien’s Am Lit, or Hibernophilia (New York: Playscripts, Inc., 2002);
• script/rights available from Playscripts.com, P.O. Box 380996, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02238-0996. U.S.A., http://www.playscripts.com.
• Cited by http://www.playscripts.com, accessed March 16, 2008.
____ (m), __, a recently widowed American professor.
“A recently widowed American professor at a nameless midwestern college contemplates returning to Ireland in search of lost love, youth, and perhaps himself. Told via emails, phone calls, and old-fashioned letters, Am Lit is a modern epistolary monologue of loss and yearning.”—Playscripts, Inc. - Am Lit, or Hibernophilia, http://www.playscripts.com/play.php3?playid=491, accessed March 16, 2008.
• Set requires only a chair. Adult language.
• “[Am Lit] is well-handled and moving...the play’s final moments—in which Joe ponders his life while waiting for his flight at JFK—are very striking."—Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway.
• “It’s a fulfilling work, splendidly performed.”—Les Gutman, CurtainUp.
• “Also excellent is ‘Am Lit or Hibernophilia,’ Dan O'Brien's story of a widowed American college professor trying to recapture his lust for life by moving back to the Auld Sod. Desperate to escape his illiterate students and the ghosts of his American past, the prof writes e-mails to old friends in Ireland: ‘If you don’t get me this job, I’m going to blow my fucking brains out. Sideways winky smiley face.’”—Metroactive Stage | 'Quickies', http://www.metroactive.com/papers/sonoma/04.10.03/quickies-0315.html, accessed March 16, 2008.
• “Dan O’Brien was awarded The Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University for 2006-2007. His play The Voyage of the Carcass had its off-Broadway premier with 2005 Tony-winner Dan Fogler in October 2006 at the SoHo Playhouse. Previous productions of his work include The Dear Boy (Michael John Garcés, dir.), Moving Picture (Darko Tresnjak, dir.), Key West at Geva Theatre Center (Skip Greer, dir.), Am Lit, and Her First Screen Test. His plays have been developed at many theaters, including Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Primary Stages, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, and Manhattan Theatre Club. He has received playwriting commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Trinity Repertory Company; as well as residencies and fellowships from Yaddo, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Sewanee the University of the South, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. His awards and honors include the Osborn Award by the American Theatre Critics Association; the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award; and the National Student Playwriting Award and the National AIDS Award for Playwriting (Kennedy Center/ACTF). His plays have been published by Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, and Playscripts Inc.; and have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Confrontation, and Blackbird. His short stories have been published in the anthology 25 And Under/Fiction (Doubletake/W.W. Norton, 1997), and the journals StoryQuarterly, Quarterly West, Greensboro Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Louisville Review, Ellipsis, and Salt Hill. O'Brien holds a B.A. in English & Theatre from Middlebury College and a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting & Fiction from Brown University. He has taught playwriting at Princeton University, Brown University, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Primary Stages; he has also been a guest artist at Middlebury College and Brown University, and in 2002-03, and 2005, he was the Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at Sewanee the University of the South. He currently teaches playwriting at Princeton, SUNY Purchase, and Primary Stages. He lives in New York City.”—Dan O'Brien, Blackbird, http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v6n1/features/obrien_7-03-07/index-gallery.htm, accessed March 16, 2008.
• Photo by Peter Bellamy.
academia, American Midwest, e-mail, epistle, Ireland, letter, lost love, lost youth, memory, telephone, widowhood.