God Said This

God Said This

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The 2018 winner of the Yale Drama Series competition is a riveting exploration of family and death

Set in Kentucky, this compelling drama centers around a Japanese-American family reunited as their matriarch
undergoes cancer treatment. The father, James, is a recovering alcoholic seeking redemption, and the two
daughters are struggling to overcome their differences-Sophie is an ardent born-again Christian, while Hiro
lives a single's life in New York City. John, an old high school classmate of Hiro's who is now a single dad, worries about leaving a legacy for his son. Wry and bittersweet, God Said This vividly captures the complexities of a familial reconciliation in the throes of crisis and looks deeply at the meaning of family-Japanese, Southern, and otherwise.

This is the first Yale Drama Series winner chosen by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, who
describes the play as conveying "a deeply felt sense of the universal-of the perfection of our parents' flawed
love for each other and for us; for the ways in which the approach of death can order the meaning of a human life."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 140 x 229 x 8mm | 158.76g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0300243634
  • 9780300243635

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"Witty and wise, inhabited by a poignant specificity that conveys a deeply felt sense of the universal-for the ways in which the approach of death can order the meaning of a human life."-Ayad Akhtar
"God Said This is complex and with a hold nothing back honesty about dysfunctional families and the strategies to cope that may ultimately divide the family further. It is the first play in a long time that does not castigate born again Christianity as a coping mechanism. It has emotional generosity."-Paula Vogel, author of Indecent
"A stunning, painfully complicated, funny, and compassionately rendered story of an American family. I identified with it so deeply and it made me feel more compassion and love for my own family and their struggles. Brava."-Heidi Schreck, author of What the Constitution Means To Me
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About Leah Nanako Winkler

Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese-American playwright from Kamakura, Japan, and Lexington, Kentucky.
Her plays include Kentucky and Two Mile Hollow. She is the inaugural winner of the Mark O'Donnell Prize.
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