PLAYS

The snow falls constantly on a sidewalk with three houses. A boy rides his bicycle and the houses move past him: first one way, then the other. Clara, escaping a run of bad relationships, returns home to find her mother, Charlotte, isn’t cooking dinner. She’s waiting for husband Harry to come home. When he arrives, he confesses, “The strangest thing happened. I forgot how to get home.” Harry forgets more and more, and is eventually remembered by the family down the street. “He’s a POW,” their boy says to Clara “He’s not a POW. He’s never been in a war.” Furious with her father’s forgetting, Clara kidnaps the boy in hopes of bringing her father back. Waiting for Harry in a world that’s filling up with snow, Charlotte, Clara and the boy build snow forts, cook a turkey, and finally, face how families forget and re-form.

 

The Strangest Thing was a finalist for the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Theatre Center in 2010 and 2012.