This Random World

Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

March 11 - April 10, 2016

Run Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes.
There will be no intermission.

by Steven Dietz
directed by Meredith McDonough

March 11 – April 10, 2016
in the Bingham Theatre

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

About the Playwright
Steven Dietz’s credits at Actors Theatre include: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; The Spot (2004 Humana Festival); Private Eyes (1997 Humana Festival, also as director); Home and Away (director); God’s Country (1989 Humana Festival, also as director) and T Bone N Weasel (1987 Humana Festival, as director). Regional credits: Over 100 productions of 30+ plays, including Bloomsday, Becky’s New Car, On Clover Road, Rancho Mirage, Yankee Tavern, Last of the Boys, Jackie & Me, Shooting Star, Inventing van Gogh, Lonely Planet, The Nina Variations, and Still Life with Iris. Off-Broadway: Fiction at Roundabout Theatre Company; Lonely Planet at Circle Repertory Company. Other: International productions in 20+ countries. Awards: Pen USA West Award, Lonely Planet; Edgar Award for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for Fiction and Still Life with Iris.

Audience Advisory: This play contains haze.
Age Recommendations: Ages 14+

The Buzz about This Random World

“Dietz’s premise holds power and grace. It makes us consider – as we constantly reassure ourselves with what is certain – how much we really do not know in any given situation.” – Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier Journal Full Review 

Check out the Playwright’s process on the Courier Journal’s website: Full Video 

“…a story about taking a chance, doing something out of the ordinary to make a mark on the world, or just to have an experience before you die.” – Rick Redding, Full Review 

World succeeds on every level, with beautiful performances from each actor, incredible direction, and beautiful set, sound, and light design. It’s the sort of play you walk away from having fallen completely in love with every person on the stage, and feeling nothing but gratitude for the playwright and the director.” – Eli Keel, Full Review 

This Random World received developmental support from The New Harmony Project (New Harmony, IN); Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA); and the Florida Atlantic Theatre Lab (Boca Raton, FL).


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