Jenny Schwartz’s breakout play God’s Ear, a dizzying cocktail of whimsy and anguish, was developed at New York’s Vineyard Theatre. It played there in 2008, under Anne Kauffman’s direction, after its debut at New Georges. Now Schwartz returns to the Vineyard with her next play, Somewhere Fun, beginning performances May 15. Like the earlier play, which dealt with the loss of a child and counted the Tooth Fairy among its characters, Somewhere Fun flirts with the fantastical even as it is grounded in trauma. In some cases, Schwartz says, what began as metaphors on the page have become literal, surreal stage pictures, brought to life through her dynamic collaboration with Kauffman (again at the helm) and set designer Marsha Ginsberg. Somewhere Fun centers on the unexpected reunion of two women who had a brief friendship as young mothers decades ago. Their offspring appear in the play as their present-day 35-year-old selves, and also wander as children in and out of the memories triggered by this chance encounter. Schwartz is closer in age to those grown children than to their mothers, but she says aging is the theme that grabbed her as she wrote the play—specifically, “finding ourselves in different roles in life.”
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