Sight Unseen

Author(s): Donald Margulies
In this play, which is categorized as Holocaust-related by its rights holder, Jonathan Waxman, a Brooklyn Jew, becomes a very wealthy, critically acclaimed artist. Just before his works are celebrated at an exhibition in London, Jonathan journeys to the village where his former lover, Patricia, lives with her British husband, Nick. In their cold, remote house, Jonathan discovers an early painting of Patricia that he'd done when they were young lovers. The subsequent struggle for the painting embodies the unreconciled passions of the past. Patricia has never forgiven Jonathan for leaving her, Nick despises Jonathan and the kind of art he produces, and Jonathan has never been able to recapture the inspiration and purity he felt when he painted Patricia. In taut scenes that dart from past to present and back, the characters are forced to deal with the unanswerable question of anti-Semitism, the legacy of the Holocaust and assimilation, the sadness of lost love, the role of the artist and the location of the human soul at the end of a ragged century.
Format: Full-length comedy/drama
Cast Size:2M/2F

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Original or Prominent Production:
South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, California, September 1991; New York premiere by Manhattan Theatre Club at City Center II, January 27, 1992.
Nationality of Author: U.S.
Original Language: English
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