In his fiction and plays, from The Elephant Man to Melons, Tony-award winner Bernard Pomerance’s writing addresses greed, despair, historical darkness, redemption, and most of all the human impulse to try to make sense of the world in which we live.
In this collection of four plays, Pomerance demonstrates once again that he is a writer unafraid to address, in the words of The New York Times, “challenging and very human historical subjects.” Superhighway presents the relatives of a woman ill with cancer who are unable to cope with her death. The protagonist of Quantrill in Lawrence, set during the Civil War, leads the townspeople of Lawrence into a descent to chaos. In Melons, an Apache chief and a retired army major reprise the Indian Wars and embody, respectively, an imperiled traditional way of life and the century just dawning. Hands of Light is a contemporary exploration of the story of King Midas and an allegory for greed’s power to disrupt the world’s natural balance.