Utility (Yale Drama) (Paperback)

By Emily Schwend, Nicholas Wright (Foreword by)

Yale University Press, 9780300224429, 112pp.

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

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The tenth winner of the Yale Drama Series centers on a young mother dealing with life's many trials

Marking the tenth anniversary of the Yale Drama Series for emerging playwrights, Emily Schwend's powerful work centers on Amber, a young woman struggling to raise a family in East Texas. Amber is juggling two nearly full-time jobs and three kids. Her on-again, off-again husband Chris is eternally optimistic and charming as hell, but rarely employed. The house is falling apart and Amber has an eight-year-old's birthday party to plan.

Selected from more than 1,600 entries, Schwend's newest play--produced by the Amoralists Theatre Company at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in 2016--vividly captures the economic hardships and relationship difficulties faced by so many Americans today. "Utility is a remarkable play: beautifully written and effortlessly powerful," said contest judge Nicholas Wright. "At every moment the happiness of human lives is put at risk: is there any greater dramatic theme?

About the Author

Emily Schwend's previously produced plays include The Other Thing, Take Me Back, and South of Settling. She is a graduate of Juilliard, a 2014 Tow Foundation Fellow with Second Stage, and a 2016-2017 Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard University.