The Boys from Siam

The Boys from Siam

Foreword by Edward Albee
Copyright Date: 2008
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 144
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    The Boys from Siam
    Book Description:

    Announcing the 2007 winner of the Yale Drama Series

    John Connolly'sThe Boys from Siamhas been chosen as the first winner of the Yale Drama Series. This play was selected by playwright and contest judge Edward Albee, winner of the Pulitzer prize. Based loosely on the lives of nineteenth-century brothers Chang and Eng Bunker (the source of the term "Siamese twins"),The Boys from Siamis the haunting and lyrical story of conjoined twins Pigg and Pegg. In his foreword, Edward Albee writes that the work is "a beautifully realized concentrated universe. It takes big chances along the way . . . and makes us care-really care."

    For more information and complete rules for the Yale Drama Series, visit

    eISBN: 978-0-300-15034-6
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword: Judgment Day
    (pp. ix-xvi)
    Edward Albee

    I am not certain that the play which I have chosen to win this inaugural year’s Yale Drama Series competition, and the accompanying David C. Horn Prize, co-sponsored by Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre, is necessarily the best play of the five hundred and eight submitted.

    How can this be? Well, I did not read all of the plays. There are two reasons for this—my sanity and my time. My sanity first: I have judged enough play contests and read enough new plays generally to know that maybe one in twenty of the plays submitted to any...

  4. Preface
    (pp. xvii-xx)
  5. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  6. The Boys from Siam
    (pp. 1-119)

    PIGG A man in his sixties and younger

    PEGG His twin

    SAL and ADDIE Two wickerwork figures: sisters

    Place: PIGG’S home and various other locations revisited

    Time: A single day in 1874 and earlier times revisited

    The two figures are life-size, constructed of wickerwork and able to bend at the waist. They are evidently representations of two plump women, each wearing two items of clothing: an apron and a bonnet. The apron ties around the waist, and this is primarily what gives the impression of plumpness. Otherwise the figures are entirely composed of wicker; the backdrop and the lights can...