The Strip

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408162859.00000039
Acts: 2. Roles: Male (5) , Female (5) , Neutral (0)

The Strip is made up of meticulously controlled multiple narratives, a dizzying and elusive play of connection, fate and love.

In America, Ava, a woman aspiring to be a female impersonator, is offered a job at Tumbleweed Junction, but no instructions about how to find it. Unknown to her, her mother cleans toilets there, and records letters to her daughter that she will never send. The man who has come to repossess Ava’s car is falling in love with her. The journalist Kate cleans her automatic pistol and writes letters to an astrologer.

In England, redneck Lester and his wife and baby are living in a tiny flat in Earls Court. Across from them live gay fitness freak Martin, and his dissatisfied roommate Tom. In her flat, the astrologer Suzy prepares star charts and replies to Kate’s letters.

All the strands seem to be manipulated by the sleazy, shadowy Otto Mink, nudging the characters towards the story of their lives.

The Strip was first performed in 1995 at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

From Nagy Plays: 1

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Phyllis Nagy

ISBN: 9780413723703

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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