Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?

DOI: 10.5040/9781784602451.00000003
Scenes: 8. Roles: Male (2) , Female (0) , Neutral (0)

Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? is a play that examines US foreign policy and international power politics since the mid-twentieth century through the lens of a gay relationship. It was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London, on 10 November 2006.

Guy has left his wife and children for fifty years of love and adventure with Sam. But fifty years is a long time, and although Sam is desperate to be loved, Guy gradually becomes disillusioned.

In the play, Sam (played by a man) is closely identified with America and US foreign policy. Guy (also played by a man) is a more human figure, a man initially in thrall to Sam/America (the character was called 'Jack' in the original version performed at the Royal Court, but Churchill subsequently changed the character's name to Guy, perhaps to deflect any specific associations between the character and Britain). Their dialogue is elliptical and fragmented. In the opening exchange, Sam bullishly asks 'who doesn't want to be loved?'; by the end of the play, however, he is imploring the now-disenchanted Guy to 'love me love me, you have to love me'.

The Royal Court premiere was directed by James Macdonald and designed by Eugene Lee, with Ty Burrell as Sam and Stephen Dillane as Jack (the character later renamed Guy).

The play had its US premiere at the Public Theater, New York, in March 2008, again directed by James Macdonald, with Samuel West as Guy and Scott Cohen as Sam.

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Nick Hern Books

Caryl Churchill

ISBN: 9781854599599

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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