Purple Heart

By Bruce Norris

Purple Heart
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ISBN: 9781848423084
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 28th February 2013
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago 2002

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A deeply moving meditation on love, loss and grief, from the author of Clybourne Park.

October 1972. In a city somewhere in the American Midwest, Carla is trying to rebuild her life. Her husband is gone - killed in Vietnam. Now, under the watchful eye of her mother-in-law, she must raise her young son whilst struggling to avoid the sympathy of her local community. But everything changes with the unexpected arrival of a soldier on her doorstep.

'[A] searing acid burn of a play... laughs gulped down with horror'

- Exeunt Magazine

'Unpicks the rawest of human emotions... [Norris] artfully slices his way through the dialogue with humour and wit'

- Whatsonstage.com

'It bubbles with anger... excruciatingly funny dialogue'

- Financial Times

'An abiding mixture of laughter and deep sadness'

- British Theatre Guide

'A cracking play... with a tangible, angry compassion for ordinary Americans touched by foreign wars they barely comprehend'

- Time Out

Bruce Norris is an American actor and playwright associated with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. His works include The Pain and the Itch and Clybourne Park, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2011.

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