Three More Sleepless Nights
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Churchill, Caryl (English playwright, September 3, 1938-____), “Three More Sleepless Nights,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in _____, _____,
© 1990 by Caryl Churchill;
• in Churchill: Shorts [Short Plays by Caryl Churchill] (London: N. Hern Books, 1990), 304 pp., ISBN 1854590855, LCCN 91172009, SF 22656, containing “Abortive,” a __-minute drama, 1m1f; “Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen,” a __-minute drama, 2m1f; “Schreber’s Nervous Illness,” a __-minute bare-stage drama, 3m (+ various recorded voices); or “Seagulls,” a __-minute drama, 1m2f), ISBN 1-85459-085-5, SF 22656;
• script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429, http://www.samuelfrench.com; or 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046-2795, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6822; or 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108; or Samuel French, Ltd, 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR, England.
_____ (m), __, first husband; _____ (m), __, second husband; _____ (f), __, first wife; _____ (f), __, second wife.
“This is the first time the author employed her now famous device of overlapping dialogue. All three scenes take place in bed. In the first, a husband and wife have a virulent argument over who's cheating on whom. In the second, a husband drones on about the plot of Alien as his wife slits her wrists. The wife from scene one is in bed with the husband from scene two in the final vignette.—Samuel French, Inc. . . , http://www.samuelfrench.com/, accessed March 1, 2006.
• Is there a happy ending in their future?
• Unit set.
• “Playwright Caryl Churchill was born on 3 September 1938 in London and grew up in the Lake District and in Montreal. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she read English. Downstairs, her first play, was written while she was still at university, was first staged in 1958 and won an award at the Sunday Times National Union of Students Drama Festival. She wrote a number of plays for BBC radio including The Ants (1962), Lovesick (1967) and Abortive (1971). The Judge's Wife was televised by the BBC in 1972 and Owners, her first professional stage production, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in the same year. She was Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court (1974-5) and spent much of the 1970s and 1980s working with the theatre groups 'Joint Stock' and 'Monstrous Regiment'. Her work during this period includes Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (1976), Cloud Nine (1979), Fen (1983) and A Mouthful of Birds (1986), written with David Lan. Three More Sleepless Nights was first produced at the Soho Poly, London, in 1980. Top Girls . . . was first staged at the Royal Court in 1982, directed by Max Stafford-Clark. It transferred to Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York later that year. Serious Money was first produced at the Royal Court in 1987 and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy of the Year and the Laurence Olivier/BBC Award for Best New Play. More recent plays include Mad Forest (1990), written after a visit to Romania, and The Skriker (1994). Her plays for television include The After Dinner Joke (1978) and Crimes (1982). Far Away premiered at the Royal Court in 2000, directed by Stephen Daldry. She has also published a new translation of Seneca's Thyestes (2001), and A Number (2002), which addresses the subject of human cloning. Her latest play is a new version of August Strindberg's A Dream Play (2005), premiered at the National Theatre in 2005. Caryl Churchill lives in London.”—Caryl Churchill, http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/, accessed March 1, 2006.
marriage, overlapping dialogue, suicide.