Set in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, this glorious and biting new comedy from David Lindsay-Abaire centers around Abby, who takes pride in her residence in one of the most coveted rooms in the rest home. Things turn sour quickly when she must take in Marilyn, a new roommate to share her precious space. In a satirical conflict of territory and control, Lindsay-Abaire spins a benign, typically mundane setting into an absurdist, colorful battleground. This high-stakes comedy examines our expectations of what it means to grow old in twenty-first century America, and what happens when a sense of possession collides with a mania of obsession.
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire comments on humor and tragedy:
"I think about growing up … (when) humor was used as a coping mechanism. No matter how terrible things got, there was always humor to fall back on. And also, sometimes things were so awful that they were funny, unfortunately. There was always this sort of interconnectedness between humor and tragedy because that’s just what life was. If I’m gonna write a comedy, it shouldn’t be a surprise that, underneath it, there’s pain and hurt and desperate need.”
Review from Time Out (New York)
“David Lindsay-Abaire’s tastily sweet-and-sour RIPCORD is great fun! ... Solidly crafted, the play is larded with moments of surprise, both wacky and more substantial. When the play gets serious, it’s genuinely moving. Beyond the hijinks, RIPCORD offers a compelling look at the pleasure of a challenge and the challenge of finding pleasure.” —Time Out (New York).
RIPCORD was generously underwritten by Marion Blackmer,
in loving memory of her husband, John.