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And So We Come Forth

Richard Nelson
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AND SO WE COME FORTH is the second play in The Apple Family trilogy:

All three titles may be purchased as a bundle at 20% off the regular price: THE APPLE FAMILY: CONVERSATIONS ON ZOOM: A PANDEMIC TRILOGY


AND SO WE COME FORTH is set in early July, 2020, amidst massive protests against racism in America and over the murder of George Floyd, as well as the anxious easing of a worldwide lockdown. Over a family dinner, and over Zoom, the Apples talk about their fears and hopes, who they are, what has been lost, and where they now belong in a world that keeps becoming more and more uncertain.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (3 female, 3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 60 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“A minor masterpiece … that authenticates Zoom as a grown-up dramatic medium.” Five Stars —Sunday Times (UK)

“The question that hangs in the virtual air of AND SO WE COME FORTH, Richard Nelson’s wistfully stirring new Apple Family play, is ‘What have we done to ourselves?'” —The Washington Post

“Powerful.” —The New York Times

“Richard Nelson’s extraordinary, intimate saga.” —Variety

“Couldn’t be more current, more relevant, more poignant, more powerful.” —Northwest Herald (Illinois)

“The effect is kind of a balm to the audience as we identify with the family’s unease, uncertainty, and unfamiliar emotions … The family ask[s] whether art will still be important as part of the human experience in whatever the new world there will be after this … This play is itself the answer.” —Gay City News

“The Apple Family is back, offering much-needed comfort … By giving voice to the anxieties and angers felt by so many these days, Nelson’s characters have become old friends…” —Lighting and Sound America

“The beauty of Nelson’s Apple Family Cycle lies in the context. Like the concentric circles in Chekhov’s plays, characters contemplate the past and the future.” —Theater Pizzazz

About the Author


  • Richard Nelson

    Richard Nelson's plays include the four-play series, THE APPLE FAMILY (THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING, SWEET AND SAD, SORRY, REGULAR SINGING (Nominated for Outstanding Play in Drama Desk Awards 2014; Public Theater, 2010 – 2013), NIKOLAI AND THE OTHERS (Lincoln Center Theater, 2013), FAREWELL TO THE THEATRE (Hampstead Theatre, 2012), HOW SHAKESPEARE WON THE WEST, (Huntington Theater, 2008), CONVERSATIONS AT TUSCULUM (Public Theater, 2008), FRANK'S HOME (Goodman Chicago, Playwrights Horizons, 2007), RODNEY'S WIFE (Playwrights Horizons, 2004), WHERE I COME FROM (National Theatre Connections), MADAME MELVILLE (which ran in the West End starring Macaulay Culkin and Irene Jacob and opened in May 2001 Off-Broadway); GOODNIGHT CHILDREN EVERYWHERE (winner of Olivier Award for Best New Play, 2000), KENNETH'S FIRST PLAY (with Colin Chambers, RSC), THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA (at the RSC and the Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York), NEW ENGLAND (RSC and Manhattan Theater Club), MISHA'S PARTY (with Alexander Gelman, RSC and Williamstown Theater Festival), TWO SHAKESPEAREAN ACTORS (Tony nomination for Best Play, RSC and Broadway), COLUMBUS AND THE DISCOVERY OF JAPAN (RSC Barbican), SOME AMERICANS ABROAD (Olivier nomination, Best Comedy; RSC, Lincoln Center and Broadway), LEFT, BETWEEN EAST AND WEST (Hampstead), PRINCIPIA SCRIPTORAE (winner of Time Out Award, RSC and Manhattan Theater Club), THE RETURN OF PINOCCHIO, AN AMERICAN COMEDY, BAL, CONJURING AN EVENT, RIP VAN WINKLE, JUNGLE COUP, THE KILLING OF YABLONSKI, THE VIENNA NOTES (Obie Award). His musicals include JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD (starring Christopher Walken and Blair Brown; Playwrights Horizons, Belasco Theatre, Broadway, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, Kennedy Center, Washington; for which he received a Tony Award in 2000 for Best Musical Book), CHESS (the book for the Broadway musical), PARADISE FOUND (dir: Harold Prince and Susan Strohman), MY LIFE WITH ALBERTINE (with Ricky Ian Gordon; Playwrights Horizons), UNFINISHED PIECE FOR A PLAYER PIANO (with Peter Golub). His translations and adaptations include TYNAN starring Corin Redgrave (with Colin Chambers, RSC and West End), LOLITA with Brian Cox (National), Molnar's THE GUARDSMAN (Kennedy Center), Carriere's THE CONTROVERSY (Public Theater), Fo's ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (Broadway), Strindberg's THE FATHER with Frank Langella (Broadway) and MISS JULIE (Yale Rep), Beaumarchais' THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (the Guthrie and Broadway); Molière's DON JUAN, Ibsen's WILD DUCK and ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, Pirandello's ENRICO IV, Goldoni's IL CAMPIELLO, Erdmann's THE SUICIDE. With the esteemed translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, he was co-translated Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Gogol's THE INSPECTOR, Turgenev's A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY and Bulgakov's DON QUIXOTE. Films: Hyde Park on Hudson, staring Bill Murray and Laura Linney (Dir: Roger Michell), Ethan Frome, starring Liam Neeson (Dir: John Madden); Sensibility and Sense, staring Elaine Stritch and Jean Simmons (Dir: David Jones). Television: The End of a Sentence with Edward Herrmann (Dir: David Jones). Radio Plays include: HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, LANGUAGES SPOKEN HERE (Giles Cooper Award), EATING WORDS (Giles Cooper Award), ADVICE TO EASTERN EUROPE, AN AMERICAN WIFE (all BBC).

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/23/2020
Pages 54
ISBN 9780881458886

Special Notes

Special Notes

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And So We Come Forth is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


2/11/2022 – 2/19/2022
Eve Theatre Company
Louisville, KY

1/14/2022 – 1/22/2022
The Actors' Mission
Rock Springs, WY

7/23/2021 – 7/24/2021
Leather And Lace Theatre
Vancouver, BC, Canada