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Utility (Yale Drama Series)

By Emily Schwend
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Book Details
  • Author: Emily Schwend
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Published: 2017-09-26
The tenth winner of the Yale Drama Series centers on a young mother dealing with life's many trials

Marking the tenth anniversary of the Yale Drama Series for emerging playwrights, Emily Schwend's powerful work centers on Amber, a young woman struggling to raise a family in East Texas. Amber is juggling two nearly full-time jobs and three kids. Her on-again, off-again husband Chris is eternally optimistic and charming as hell, but rarely employed. The house is falling apart and Amber has an eight-year-old's birthday party to plan.

Selected from more than 1,600 entries, Schwend's newest play--produced by the Amoralists Theatre Company at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in 2016--vividly captures the economic hardships and relationship difficulties faced by so many Americans today. "Utility is a remarkable play: beautifully written and effortlessly powerful," said contest judge Nicholas Wright. "At every moment the happiness of human lives is put at risk: is there any greater dramatic theme?"

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