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The Apple Family: A Pandemic Trilogy

Richard Nelson
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These three plays were written and performed over the memorable summer of 2020. Forced into isolation as the pandemic raged and protests against racism spread after the murder of George Floyd, the Apple Family of Rhinebeck, New York, gather over Zoom to share meals and weather the storms. Together, virtually, they swap jokes, stories and their adventures with grocery shopping and dating; they reveal their depression and fears, they mourn lost friends and even watch a dance performance, as the world outside sputters out of control, amidst anger, illness, and a coming election.
With an introduction and afterword by the author.

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The First Great Original Play of Quarantine.

New Yorker
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It’s almost like you are watching a new art form being born.

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Theater in exile does not mean a world without ‘theater.’ That much is clear.

Washington Post
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The best example of zoom theatre I have watched so far.

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Immensely tender and beautifully constructed new drama that responds directly to the current situation.

Financial Times
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I can’t think of another body of theatrical work that has addressed so immediately, in such quotidian detail, the way we live now... The theatrical impulse – to celebrate and capture a moment in real time as it passes – is so strong here that I actually felt I was attending a play.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times, Critic's Pick

Richard Nelson’s plays include Farewell to the Theatre, Nikolai and the Others, Sweet and Sad, That Hopey Changey Thing, Conversations in Tusculum, How Shakespeare Won the West, Frank’s Home, Rodney’s wife, Franny’s Way, Madame Melville, Goodnight Children Everywhere, The General From America, New England, Misha’s Party (with Alexander Gelman), Columbus or the Discovery of Japan, Two Shakespearean Actors, Some Americans…

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