Exquisite Agony
Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781559369510Publication Date:
24 Sep 2020
Size: 215mm x 135mm£14.99
First Staged:
Repertorio Español, New York, 2018

Exquisite Agony

By Nilo Cruz

Paperback £14.99

A play about the heart—its passions, its failures, and its ability to connect.

After Millie’s husband, Lorenzo, dies in a car crash, his heart is used to save a young man’s life. Unable to let go of this final living piece of her husband, Millie reaches out to the transplant recipient, Amér, with the hope that some part of the heart still carries Lorenzo’s memories.

As Amér ponders the ways in which this new heart is transforming him, he becomes entangled in the lives of Millie and her family, trapped by longings and obsessions that are not his own.

Press Quotes

'Beautifully strange… a play about the human heart: its fumblings and yearnings, its bruises and scars, its generosity and viciousness'

New York Times

'Cruz’s feminist view is one of the liberating aspects of his writing, as is a kind of magical realism that is not cloying but true to his characters, and to the fact of dispossession: sometimes we don’t know who we are because we don’t know where life has landed on our bodies, let alone in our hearts'

New Yorker

'Explosive… As in several of Cruz’s previous works, drama ignites from the friction between the banal and the magical'

TheaterMania
Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781559369510Publication Date:
24 Sep 2020
Size: 215mm x 135mm£14.99

Also by Nilo Cruz:

The Color of Desire & Hurricane: two plays
Two Sisters and a Piano and other plays
Sotto Voce
Beauty of the Father
Anna in the Tropics

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