Walnut Crusted Goat Qi and Other Psychic Disturbances (or Renovations)


Cast: 1 woman, 2 men

The play begins just after Evers untimely death, his widow Marie grieving alone in her dismantled house, but as the story moves back in time we find that the marriage died long before Evers. It becomes clear, as we watch the home-improvements reverse and the house return to the dowdy state they found it in years before, that Marie and Evers’ relationship was fragile and could not tolerate disruption. While they had the tools to strip the layers of paint, peel the wallpaper, chip away at all that was distasteful, we find they didn’t know how to maintain the integrity of their house. Marie’s sudden decision not to have children, Evers quitting his job without warning, even Evers’ friendship with the next door neighbor contributed to the slow deterioration of their foundation. As the marriage falls back together, as we witness the choices each spouse made that widened the chasm between them, we also discover the dreams and the optimism with which this couple began, and we see all that they have lost.

Walnut-Crusted Goat Qi is in development. You can read the most current draft on the New Play Exchange.

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