The Catastrophic Theatre presents The Designated Mourner
Through a series of intertwining, confessional monologues, three characters reveal the harrowing details of an unnamed country in the near future in which a popular uprising has deemed the arbiters of high culture to be enemies of the state and targeted them for execution.
Following Jack (“a former student of English literature who went downhill from there”), his wife Judy, and her revered yet controversial writer father Howard, the play explores love, sex, morality, the idea of “the self,” the struggle between high and low culture, and what it means to designate groups of people as “enemies.”
In many ways, it’s a simple play - just three people talking to the audience and sometimes to each other - but it contains almost indescribable beauty, heartache, and release. And in light of the present state of the world, it feels more urgent than ever before.