Samsara (Paperback)

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Full Length Play

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Katie and Craig are having a baby… with a surrogate… who lives in India. A month before the baby’s due date, Craig reluctantly travels to the subcontinent, where he meets Suraiya, their young, less-than-thrilled surrogate. As all three “parents” anxiously wait for the baby to be born, flights of fancy attack them from all sides, in the form of an unctuous Frenchman and a smart-mouthed fetus. A whimsical take on modern day colonialism.

KATIE - mid to late 30s, female, Caucasian
CRAIG - mid to late 30s, male, Caucasian, her husband
SURAIYA - twentysomething but appears younger, female, Indian, their surrogate (also plays BABY)
AMIT - appears to be the same age as Suraiya, male, Indian, a fetus (also plays INDIAN WOMAN IN LABOR, SURROGATE 1, MAILMAN)
FRENCHMAN - any age, male, very French, a figment of Katie’s imagination (also plays DOCTOR, ORPHAN, SURROGATE 2)

Praise For…

“[G]enuinely moving… stick with this one. … there’s a throbbing play here with a bleeding heart and a laudable awareness of how we sometimes only get one shot at happiness or escape, and of how macroeconomics and geopolitics don’t always embrace personal need.” - Chicago Tribune

"Highly Recommended...[I]t is the conversation between surrogate mother and unborn child — some of it acerbic, some of it poignant, all of it hugely engaging — that shows Yee at her sparkling best.” - Chicago Sun-Times

"Critics' Pick...A “savvy and affecting piece about modern reproduction. … the play’s playful style doesn’t diminish the weight of its substance." - TimeOut Chicago

"Yee has a deft hand with exposition, telescoping complicated setup into light, punchy scenes...The bold theatricality of Yee’s script keeps the audience engaged and giggling..." - Los Angeles Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780573799976
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016