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Caryl Churchill, hailed by Tony -Kushner as "the greatest living English language playwright," has turned her extraordinary dramatic gifts to the subject of human cloning—how might a man feel to discover that he is only one in a number of identical copies. And which one of him is the original. . . ?

Caryl Churchill is the author of some twenty plays including Cloud Nine, Top Girls, The Skriker, Blue Heart and Far Away.

A Number confirms Chuchills status as the first dramatist of the 21st century. On the face of it, it is human cloning… Like all Churchills best plays, A Number deals with both the essentials and the extremities of human experience… The questions of this brilliant, harrowing play asks are almost unanswerable, which is why they must be asked” – Sunday Times

“Caryl Churchills magnificent new play only last an hour but contains more drama, and more ideas, than most writers manage in a dozen full-length works.” – Daily Telegraph

“Caryl Churchills never stands still. After the dystopian nightmare of Far Away, she now comes up with a challenging new form of moral inquiry. And the key question she asks in this play is from what the essential core of self derives: from nature or nurture, genetic inheritance or environmental circumstance?” – Guardian

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A remarkable new play by one of England's most astonishing playwrights.

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A remarkable follow up play to Far Away by one of England's most astonishing playwrights.

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Caryl Churchill, hailed by Tony -Kushner as "the greatest living English language playwright," has turned her extraordinary dramatic gifts to the subject of human cloning—how might a man feel to discover that he is only one in a number of identical copies. And which one of him is the original. . . ? A Number opens in London’s Royal Court Theatre in October, directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot).

Caryl Churchill is the author of some twenty plays including Cloud Nine, Top Girls, The Skriker, Blue Heart and Far Away.

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Caryl Churchill is the author of some twenty plays including Cloud Nine, Top Girls, The Skriker, Blue Heart and Far Away.

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cariola119, November 29, 2009 (view all comments by cariola119)
An awesome little play, ostensibly about a man who learns that he has been cloned and that there are at least 19 others out there just like him. In conversations with his father, the truth gradually unravels: he himself IS a clone, the "second chance" for his father, who botched things the first time around. In the father's conversations with Bernard 2, Bernard 1, and another clone, Michael Black, Churchill raises serious questions about the ethics of genetic tampering, nature v. nurture, psychic connections, father-son relationships, personal identity, and family secrets.

I taught this one in my "Imitations of Immortality" class. The students were put off by the style at first, but when we started reading it aloud in class, they caught on and really got into it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781559362252
Author:
Churchill, Caryl
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Human cloning
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Subject:
British & Irish
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st TCG ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
97.
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
7.8 x 5.1 x 0.2 in 3 oz

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A remarkable new play by one of England's most astonishing playwrights.
"Synopsis" by ,
A remarkable follow up play to Far Away by one of England's most astonishing playwrights.

"Synopsis" by ,

Caryl Churchill, hailed by Tony -Kushner as "the greatest living English language playwright," has turned her extraordinary dramatic gifts to the subject of human cloning—how might a man feel to discover that he is only one in a number of identical copies. And which one of him is the original. . . ? A Number opens in London’s Royal Court Theatre in October, directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot).

Caryl Churchill is the author of some twenty plays including Cloud Nine, Top Girls, The Skriker, Blue Heart and Far Away.

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