Utility (Yale Drama Series) (Paperback)

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By Emily Schwend, Nicholas Wright (Foreword by)
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The tenth winner of the Yale Drama Series centers on a young mother dealing with life’s many trials

Marking the tenth anniversary of the Yale Drama Series for emerging playwrights, Emily Schwend’s powerful work centers on Amber, a young woman struggling to raise a family in East Texas. Amber is juggling two nearly full-time jobs and three kids. Her on-again, off-again husband Chris is eternally optimistic and charming as hell, but rarely employed. The house is falling apart and Amber has an eight-year-old’s birthday party to plan.
 
Selected from more than 1,600 entries, Schwend’s newest play—produced by the Amoralists Theatre Company at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in 2016—vividly captures the economic hardships and relationship difficulties faced by so many Americans today. “Utility is a remarkable play: beautifully written and effortlessly powerful,” said contest judge Nicholas Wright. “At every moment the happiness of human lives is put at risk: is there any greater dramatic theme?”

About the Author


Emily Schwend’s previously produced plays include The Other Thing, Take Me Back, and South of Settling. She is a graduate of Juilliard, a 2014 Tow Foundation Fellow with Second Stage, and a 2016–2017 Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard University.

Praise For…


“‘Utility’ is a skillfully constructed . . . domestic drama about struggling simply to make do. . . . Ms. Schwend offers a close, unblinking look at a moment in the life of a woman who’s treading water as fast as she can, trying to keep her family afloat.”—Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300224429
ISBN-10: 0300224427
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Pages: 112
Language: English
Series: Yale Drama Series