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The Apple Family - Scenes from Life in the Country

The Apple Family

Scenes from Life in the Country

By Richard Nelson
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559364560, 300 pages, January 2015


This critically acclaimed play cycle about loss, memory and remembrance follows the Apple family of Rhinebeck, New York, as they grapple with events both personal and political in their immediate present: the 2010 election (That Hopey Changey Thing), the tenth anniversary of 9/11 (Sweet and Sad), Obama's reelection (Sorry), and the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's assassination (Regular Singing). Delicately constructed and precisely observed, this quartet of plays - each of which premiered at The Public Theater on the day it was set - is a masterpiece of stage naturalism and a powerful reminder of the theater's unique capacity for civic dialogue and public communion.


"No previous works of theater have been topical in the resonant and specific ways of the Apple Family plays. .. They are a rare and radiant mirror of the way we live. .. In another fifty years audiences will be watching these plays to remember how we remembered. " —Ben Brantley, New York Times

"The writing is so minutely observed, the portrayal of American life and its politics so current and acute that these plays speak what all of us are thinking (politically, socially, morally), but few are saying. " —Alexis Soloski, Village Voice