Synopses & Reviews
Hush now! For I am about to tell you a story.
A fantastic and amazing story!
A story all the more remarkable because every word of it is true. Thats right. Every word.
How do I know?
Because I lived it, dear ones
Thus begins Shipwrecked! An EntertainmentThe Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself). Based on a Victorian hoaxers tale of being a castaway in the South Pacificcomplete with buried treasure, a giant killer octopus, and cannibalsMargulies revisits themes of authenticity and loss as he returns to what theater does best.
A deft literate narrative folded into a vaudevillian romp.” Los Angeles Times
Re-creating the pleasures of nineteenth-centure platform entertainment with a tart contemporary twist, Shipwrecked! offers a self-promoting fabulist a forum to inform and persuade, and it delights in both respects
The emotional through line transforms a ripping good yarn into a touching character study.” -Variety
An intriguing step beyond Marguliess typically naturalistic work
Marguliess script is a tribute to the power of storytelling, in particular to the telling of tall tales we are asked to believe despite any wildly unlikely events.” Cincinnati City Beat
This whirlwind escapade of the imagination takes the audience out of what they might expect from theater and into a new, uncharted realm of whimsy and adventure
Quirky and wondrous, Shipwrecked! is truly an odyssey of the imagination.” Montgomery News
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, Whats 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.
“A deft literate narrative folded into a vaudevillian romp.”—Los Angeles Times
Donald Margulies aims to invigorate the imagination of theatergoers with a story about the nature of storytelling. Based on a Victorian hoaxer’s tale of being a castaway in the South Pacific—complete with buried treasure, a giant killer octopus, and cannibals—Margulies revisits themes of authenticity and loss as he returns to what theater does best.
Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends, which has been produced throughout the world. Other plays include Sight Unseen (winner of an OBIE Award), Brooklyn Boy, and Collected Stories, among many others.
Celebrating the uniqueness of theater, with a ripping good yarn. With an introduction from the author.
About the Author
Donald Margulies's other plays include "Collected Stories", "The Loman Family Picnic", "Sight Unseen" and "Dinner with Friends", for which he was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.