The night before a funeral, family members gather in a single hotel room in New Mexico, shuffling sleeping arrangements, dealing with absent family members, and preparing for their uncertain futures. A play about the moments you decide how much you will give to someone you owe nothing to. Straight from its world premiere production at South Coast Rep, Curve of Departure returns the playwright and director of The Wolfe Twins to Studio.
It's one of the year's most beautiful performances.
The most satisfying dramatic experience thus far this season.
Felix and his partner Jackson are scraping by in Los Angeles, so when Felix’s father Cyrus passes away, the pair barely cobbles together the money for plane tickets to the funeral. What they can’t afford is their own hotel room in Santa Fe, so they bunk in with Felix’s mother Linda and grandfather Rudy.Read More
Rudy, Felix’s grandfather in Curve of Departure, was one of nine kids, born at 99 Hester Street in the 1930s, raised in the Lower East Side of the 1940s and ’50s. Several times over the course of the late evening and early morning before his son’s funeral, he spins out stories of his childhood, his family, and the city that formed him.Read More
The raw material for Rachel Bonds’s writing comes from many sources. For Curve of Departure, she drew from personal relationships and stories that caught her interest, knitting together stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary decisions. Warning that these articles contain spoilers, as well as insight into the craft, focus, and creative transformation Bonds brings to her play-making. (Really, though. You might want to read these after you see the play.)Read More
Born in a small Tennessee town, Rachel Bonds began writing plays as an undergraduate at Brown University. When her father died during her sophomore year, Bonds used her writing as a creative and healing outlet.Read More
Curve of Departure takes its name from a line in the poem “First Thanksgiving” by American poet Sharon Olds. Olds published her first book Satan Says (1980) at 37. She has since become one of the most acclaimed living poets in the United States.Read More