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Lidless (Yale Drama Series) by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

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By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

It’s been fifteen years in view that Guantánamo, fifteen years on account that Bashir final observed his U.S. military interrogator, Alice. Bashir is now death of a sickness of the liver, an organ that he believes is the house of the soul. He tracks down Alice in Texas and calls for that she donate part her liver as restitution for the wear and tear wrought in the course of her interrogations.

But Alice doesn’t take into accout Bashir; a PTSD tablet trial she participated in whereas within the military has left her with none reminiscence of her time there. it is just whilst her inquisitive fourteen-year-old daughter starts her personal research that the delicate peace of brain that Alice’s drug-induced oblivion enabled starts off to falter.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s robust drama asks very important and hard questions: Is guilt an important type of ethical reckoning, or is it a disadvantage to be triumph over? Will the cost of our nationwide political amnesia be paid simply by means of the subsequent generation—the daughters and sons who have been by no means there?

Upon awarding the prize, David Hare wrote, “We widespread the play because—although it used to be stylishly written, even if the governing metaphor and uncomplicated realism have been held in an outstanding balance—it additionally recalled the political urgency which had propelled a prior iteration of writers into the theatre within the first place.”

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Alice follows rhiannon to her room. lucas resumes his tai-chi form. Scene Seven A motel room. bashir is on the phone. BASHIR Zakiyah, this is your father. If you’re there, pick up. ) I found a liver. I’m going to live! Last month I got a letter from the Pakistani embassy—they’ve reinstated my citizenship, issued a formal apology. I will be home in time for your wedding. ) I keep dreaming about the sparrows we kept in the bamboo cages we bought from the Chinese trader. How sorry you felt for them.

ALICE I never knew consuming cake could be such a political act. RIVA What’s wrong? ) What do you know about livers? RIVA I know I like ’em breaded, fried, and smothered in gravy. ALICE Can you give someone half your liver? RIVA Sure, but it’s major surgery. Donors have died, and it takes ages to recover, so unless it’s for someone you can’t live without—I wouldn’t risk it. ALICE This morning, a guy, from Gitmo, who says I was his Echo, showed up in my shop and asked for half my liver. 24 Lidless RIVA What?

Let’s see your whole face for the photo, ’kay, babe? alice slides rhiannon’s hoodie off her head and smoothes out her hair. As she does so, she catches a glimpse of what rhiannon is wearing underneath. RHIANNON Mom! LUCAS Big smiles, guys. Happy thoughts. lucas presses the timer and joins the group pose. The camera flashes again. lucas checks the camera screen.

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