A valentine to the artists of the stage." —The New York Times. “Remarkably candid and funny.” —Variety. “THE COUNTRY HOUSE is one of the most satisfying new American plays to reach Broadway in the past decade…a truly affecting play.” —The Wall Street Journal. “This is a play that sneaks up on you, its satire and surprises well concealed and explosively timed.” —CulturalWeekly.com. “A valentine to the theater…There are laughs aplenty.” —Entertainment Weekly. “Margulies takes drama and intrigue to new heights…THE COUNTRY HOUSE gets us to think and feel and reconsider the conditions at hand. That’s a feat that great plays like this one can achieve.” —The Huffington Post.— From February 2015 New Plays
"One of the most disciplined and satisfying new American plays to reach Broadway in the past decade. A truly affecting play." -Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal "Like Chekhov, Mr. Margulies is a specialist in rueful regrets and misty glimpses of roads not taken." -Ben Brantley, New York Times "With a knack for precision in depicting emotional and intellectual ambiguities, Margulies leaves his audiences feeling ripe with wisdom. His untethered finales beg for the audience to cathartically suffer and soar with his intelligently alive characters. Rather than leaving us longing for the past as in Chekhov, or looking to the potential of the future, as in Ibsen, Margulies keeps us longing for connection to the present moment." -Kate Bergstrom, Santa Barbara Independent Anna Patterson, the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists, has gathered her family at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival on the anniversary of her beloved daughter's death. But as restless egos and simmering jealousies derail the weekend, this family of performers must come to terms with the roles they play in each other's lives. Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends. The play received numerous awards, including the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, the Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination, and has been produced all over the United States and around the world. In addition to his adaptation of God of Vengeance, his many plays include Collected Stories, The Country House, Sight Unseen, The Model Apartment, The Loman Family Picnic, What's Wrong with This Picture? and Time Stands Still. Mr. Margulies currently lives with his wife and their son in New Haven, Connecticut, where he teaches playwriting at Yale University.
About the Author
Donald Margulies's plays include Dinner with Friends, Coney Island Christmas, Time Stands Still, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Collected Stories, Sight Unseen, Brooklyn Boy, The Loman Family Picnic, God of Vengeance, The Model Apartment, What's Wrong with this Picture? and Found a Peanut. He has won a Lucille Lortel Award, an American Theatre Critics Award, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two Obie Awards, two Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, one Tony Award nomination, six Drama Desk Award nominations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations and one Pulitzer Prize. His works have been performed on and off Broadway; at major theatres across the United States including South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geffen Playhouse and The Public Theater; and in Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Sydney, Berlin, Vienna, Istanbul, Mumbai and many other cities around the world. Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature, by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture with its Cultural Achievement Award, and was the recipient of the Sydney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.