4000 Miles

4000 Miles

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"It's the middle of the night when 21-year-old Leo arrives on the doorstep of the West Village apartment where his feisty 91-year-old grandmother Vera lives. She's an old Communist who lives alone, he's a latter-day hippie, recently returned from a cross-country bike trip which ended traumatically. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately connect. When Leo's old girlfriend shows up and he begins to reveal the mysterious events of his journey, Leo and Vera discover the narrow line between growing up and growing old. Peopled with nuanced, beautifully-drawn characters, Amy Herzog's award-winning play has established her as a remarkable new talent. 4000 Miles was the recipient of two 2012 Obie Awards, including Best New American Play. It had its 2011 world premiere at New York's Lincoln Center Theater."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 124 x 210 x 8mm | 120g
  • Oberon Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783195061
  • 9781783195060
  • 723,033

About Amy Herzog

"Amy Herzog's plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theatre Festival; Playwrights Horizons; John Gassner Award Nomination; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center), Belleville (Yale Repertory Theatre; New York Theatre Workshop) and The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons). She has received commissions from the Yale Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Playwrights Horizons. Amy is a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award and the Helen Merrill Award; she is an alumna of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Play Group at Ars Nova and the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab. She has taught playwriting at Bryn Mawr and Yale, and received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama."show more

Review quote

"'Everything about 4000 Miles seems fresh, particularized, plausible...easily the best play of the season' Time Entertainment 'The sort of rich, satisfying play you should take your grandmother to - especially if she's as smart and fierce as Vera' Time Out 'Plays as truthful and touching and fine as Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles come along once or maybe twice a season, if we're lucky - Ms. Herzog's gift is to capture the precise texture of life in all its ambiguity and lack of tidy resolution, while still holding our attention fast by tapping into the compassion and curiosity about human nature that draws us (let us hope) to the theatre.' The New York Times 'Herzog has a wry wit and a skillful hand with dialogue.' Washingtonian '[Herzog's] characters and dialogue are full of quirky surprises, and she knows how to construct a scene that stays fresh and inventive right till the end. The second act of 4000 Miles contains the best new writing for the American stage I've seen in years.' Dallas News '4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog is an exquisite play bursting with humanity, honesty and searing emotions cut through with razor wit and observations. An essentially simple story of love, loss and loneliness but the sincerity of delivery grabs at your very soul.' What's On Stage "show more

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311 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 23% (73)
4 36% (111)
3 32% (99)
2 7% (23)
1 2% (5)
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