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New Light Shine

New Light Shine

Foreword by John Guare
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 80
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    New Light Shine
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    When he was twelve, Joe snuck into the field on the edge of town and saw the Town Mayor with his sister Peregrine. This one moment has overwhelmed and transformed his life, becoming the only thing that holds any importance to him. Years later, in jail for murder, Joe waits for Peregrine so that he can explain his plan for her future, a plan so intricately assembled that he has given it a name-New Light Shine.

    Four characters in Shannon Murdoch's bold new play are trapped in an argument of memory that threatens to turn perception into truth. Their task is to dig through years of silence and half-truths to arrive at a future that may at last bring peace. In the ensuing struggles, disturbing questions arise-about female and child sexuality as well as the responsibilities of government and community in raising children.

    Selecting Murdoch'sNew Light Shinefrom more than 800 submissions that arrived from the far reaches of the English-speaking world, contest judge John Guare praises the distinct voice of this play and its challenging subject. "I read it, put it aside, went back to it, couldn't get it out of my head," he recollects. "This raw, haunting, richly poetic, deeply emotional play affected me as no other entry did."

    eISBN: 978-0-300-18604-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. ix-xviii)
    John Guare

    Francine Horn had the very good idea to establish a prize in honor of her late husband whose greatest ambition was to become a writer. His subsequent disappointment was never being published. Close, but never. He went into another line of work in which he found financial success. But that loose tooth was always there.

    After his death, Mrs. Horn, a very sprightly elfin powerhouse, took the advice of her lawyers and went to Yale University Press with the idea of founding a prize that would commemorate his memory by publishing new writers. John Kulka, a senior editor at the...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xix-xx)
  5. New Light Shine
    (pp. 1-74)

    Joestands in the jail cell he shares with Old Billy (unseen).

    Peregrinestands in the field, smoking a cigarette.

    Anna,half-dressed for work, sits on the edge of the bed in the apartment.

    Silence, stillness.

    And then …


    Peregrineputs out her cigarette on the ground.

    Peregrineandjoepace in their own spaces.

    JOE I mean, had it sorted you know. I mean fuck, had it sorted. All in my head and I was ready. I was fucking ready.

    Joestalks over to the window. He tries to look through it. Walks away....