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NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison. The play had its world premiere at Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles) in the fall of 2014. It later transferred to Playwrights Horizons (Off-Broadway, New York) in the fall of 2015. The play has been adapted into a major motion picture starring Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith, and Tim Robbins to be released in 2017.
“An elegant, thoughtful and quietly unsettling drama. Marjorie Prime operates by stealth… at some point, you realize that it’s been landing skillfully targeted punch after punch, right where it hurts… It keeps developing in your head, like a photographic negative, long after you have seen it.”
—Ben Brantley, New York Times
With help from an intriguingly innovative technology in a future not far from our present, Marjorie examines her past, sometimes replacing her realities with idealized memories. Through deeply drawn characters – both real and in the form of artificial intelligence companions, or “Primes”– Harrison burrows into troubling questions of the digital age: What would we remember, and what would we forget, given the power of authorship? Will we be any less human, once computers know us better than we know ourselves?
“Jordan Harrison’s play has all the hallmarks of the best science fiction; it’s clever in conceit, alive with humor, surprising in its turns, and terribly haunting by the time the lights go out.”
—Rollo Romig, New Yorker
Jordan Harrison grew up on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. His plays include Maple and Vine, The Grown-Up, Doris to Darlene, Amazons and Their Men, Finn in the Underworld, Act a Lady, Kid-Simple, and Futura. Harrison is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, the Kesselring Prize, and the Horton Foote Prize, among other awards. He was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. A graduate of the Brown MFA program, Harrison is a writer-producer for the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.
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