Utility, Paperback / softback Book


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?"


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780300224429

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