DOI: 10.5040/9781408167540.00000003
Roles: Male (4) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

Now or Later is a sharp-witted and searching examination of the mechanics of free speech and cultural criticism.

Election night in the US and things are looking rosy for the Democratic Party. Holed up in a hotel watching the results flood in are the likely President-elect, his wife, advisors and twenty-year-old son John Jnr. Every speech, interview and photocall has been carefully controlled and meticulously orchestrated, all leading up to this big night.

At the same time controversial photos of John Jnr from a party at his Ivy League college are gathering momentum on the internet. For John Jnr, his protest against hypocrisy was a lot more complicated than the apology they’ve written for him suggests. Whilst his father's advisors work against the clock on damage limitation, it's up to father and son to try and reach an agreement.

Now or Later is a deep and intelligent discussion of religion, freedom of expression and personal responsibility. The play premiered in 2008 at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Christopher Shinn

ISBN: 9781408112687

Series: Modern Plays

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