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Marjorie Prime

Marjorie Prime

By Jordan Harrison
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559365246, 96 pages, January 2017


  • Short-listed, Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2015


With help from an intriguingly innovative technology in a future not far from our present, Marjorie examines her past, sometimes replacing her realities with idealized memories. Through deeply drawn characters—both real and in the form of artificial intelligence companions, or “Primes”—Harrison burrows into troubling questions of the digital age: What would we remember, and what would we forget, given the power of authorship? Will we be any less human, once computers know us better than ourselves?


“An elegant, thoughtful and quietly unsettling drama. Marjorie Prime operates by stealth… at some point, you realize that it’s been landing skillfully targeted punch after punch, right where it hurts… It keeps developing in your head, like a photographic negative, long after you have seen it. ”—Ben Brantley, New York Times

“Brilliant… A startling and profound new drama. ” –Jesse Green, New York magazine