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The Michaels

A Family at Home and Abroad: Two Plays

Richard Nelson, Jay O. Sanders and Maryann Plunkett (Introduction by)


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A double volume that collects two of the final installments from Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson's critically-acclaimed "Rhinebeck Panorama" play cycle.

Begun over 12 years ago, each play in Nelson's intricate and moving play cycle captures a specific snapshot in time in the lives of three families from a small upstate New York village, from the Apple family, to the Gabriels, and now the Michaels--a family with deep roots in the world of modern dance.

The Michaels: Conversations During Difficult Times takes place in the kitchen of Rose Michael, a celebrated choreographer. A meal is prepared, modern dances are rehearsed, and dinner is eaten--all amidst conversations about art, death, family, politics, and the state of America.

What Happened?: The Michaels Abroad brings the cycle to a close as the Michaels find themselves in Angers, France in September 2021, attending a student dance festival and crawling out from under the deadly pandemic, which turned life as they knew it upside down.

Theatre Communications Group, 9781636701424, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 27, 2023

About the Author

Richard Nelson's many plays include Illyria, The Gabriels, The Apple Family, Nikolai and the Others, Goodnight Children Everywhere (Olivier Award for Best Play), Franny's Way, Some Americans Abroad, Frank's Home, Two Shake-spearean Actors and James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey; Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical).