Or, The Geography of Yearning
By Eric Overmyer
Sheri Galan, Barbara
Beckley, and Lindy Nisbet
Alphonse, Grover, The Yeti,
The Gorge Troll, Mr. Coffee,
Madame Nhu, Gus, Nicky Paradise
The play begins in 1888 in
"Perhaps the imagination
is on the verge of recovering its rights."
ó Andre Breton (paraphrased
On the Verge is not a docu-drama.
I first encountered the historical Victorian lady travelers in Evan S.
Connellís A Long Desire, Luree Millerís On Top of the World, Alexandra
Allenís Traveling Ladies, and Dorothy Middletonís Victorian Lady Travelers,
beautiful books all, and there is currently a plethora of books about and
by the lady travelers. The characters of the play are not modeled upon
particular individuals, even though I have raided the historical record
for detail, flavoring, and anecdote. The spirit is the playís true concern:
the quality of yearning, courage, and imagination.
Read the L.A.