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In the Heart of America

Naomi Wallace
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Appalachian-born Craver and Palestinian-American Remzi bond in a way characteristic of soldiers, but their relationship soon becomes something far deeper and dangerous in Naomi Wallace’s exploration of war, love and the possibility of desire to change us at our core.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (2 female, 3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“IN THE HEART OF AMERICA is a pretty startling piece of writing. It has the driving political anger and entwining of the personal and political that marked some of the best British writing of the early seventies, the vigor and mystical overtones of raw Sam Shepard, and the grace and sensuality of a poet … The landscape here is the barren, burned-out emptiness of history’s war zones, and the talk is relentlessly of death and destruction. But there is also love.” —Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (London)

About the Author


  • Naomi Wallace

    Naomi Wallace is a playwright from Kentucky. Her plays — which have been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and the Middle East — include IN THE HEART OF AMERICA, SLAUGHTER CITY, ONE FLEA SPARE, THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK, THINGS OF DRY HOURS, THE FEVER CHART: THREE VISION OF THE MIDDLE EAST, AND I AND SILENCE, THE HARD WEATHER BOATING PARTY, THE LIQUID PLAIN. Her stage adaptation of William Wharton's novel Birdy was produced on the West End in London. In 2009, ONE FLEA SPARE was incorporated in the permanent repertoire of the French National Theater, the Comédie- Francaise. Only two American playwrights have been added to La Comédie's repertoire in 300 years. Films: Lawn Dogs, The War Boys, Flying Blind (co-written with Bruce McLeod). Awards: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (twice), Joseph Kesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, Obie Award, and the 2012 Horton Foote Award for most promising new American play. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts development grant. In 2013, Wallace received the inaugural Windham Campbell prize for drama and in 2015, an Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/20/2018
Pages 68
ISBN 9780881457933

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Special Notes

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In the Heart of America is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


3/2/2019 – 3/17/2019
University Of Washington School Of Drama
Seattle, WA

4/22/2016 – 4/27/2016
Boston University College Of Fine Arts School Of Theatre
Boston, MA

2/29/2016 – 3/2/2016
Fordham Theatre Program
New York, NY