"[An] unexpectedly rich portrait of American hope." (L.A. Weekly)
"Best Off-Loop Play of the Year.” (ChicagoTribune)
"What Owens has given us is a post-Jack Kerouac look at the forces that can go bump in the night in this country...There is a cartoonish quality to the way all their fates coalesce, but there also is truth and genuine sentiment in it. And therein lies the gentle magic of this play." (Chicago Sun-Times)
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Artwork: Brains on Fire
The Smiths are visited by Commander Abraham Lincoln of Central Security, who claims their daughter, a soldier, was captured and decapitated. But, thanks to the top-secret Operation Hydra, military doctors have been able to save her by surgically re-attaching her head. There are two problems: (1) The Smiths don’t have a daughter. (2) Somebody got the wrong head. Developed at Stage Left Theatre, Chicago.
Artwork: Candace Cole
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“... a welcome return to the American folk tradition of storytelling... stories swapped over a campfire or shared by strangers in a diner late at night... down-on-their-luck American working people immortalized in country music, but because Owens focuses on the dark humor inherent in misfortune we can admire their endurance... not cry in our beer with pity... an evening that looms larger than life.” (Chicago Reader)
Design: Tony V. Martin