Arlington is certainly a powerful dystopian drama
when I’ve forgotten the ideas, I shall still recall Walsh’s boldness in weaving his closely textured poetic prose into a new form of comprehensive, category-defying theatre.” Guardian
Enda Walsh’s new play, Arlington
is a tremendous exploration of the transcending of circumstance.” Stage
Isla is waiting. She sits in a stark, archetypical room, indefinitely, waiting to know her fate. She is being watched. Her unnamed watcher is her only companion, speaking to her from the surveillance room. In this isolating but oddly intimate setting, Isla and her watcher form a bond, leading to an ultimate, startling act of love.
In this new play, Walsh displays his quintessential knack for probing the humanity in his characters even when they are trapped in the most dehumanizing of realities. Beauty is found amid seeming hopelessness through the poetic dialogue and intense emotional journey of those stuck in this liminal world. With the shadows of Beckett, Sartre, and Orwell creeping throughout his new work, Walsh ties together themes of longing and loneliness in this unconventional love story.
Enda Walsh is an award-winning Irish playwright. His plays include Ballyturk, Room 303, Misterman, Penelope, The New Electric Ballroom, The Walworth Farce, Delirium, Chatroom, The Small Things, Bedbound and Disco Pigs. He won a Tony Award in 2012 for writing the book of the musical Once, which has been produced on Broadway, in the West End, and on a US national tour.
A poignant new work of yearning and isolation from Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh