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Limbo Tales

Len Jenkin
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In the first play in LIMBO TALES, HIGHWAY, a man suddenly decides to drive to his girlfriend’s house, which is 200 miles away. He becomes obsessed with the thought that each car that passes may be his girlfriend coming to visit him — and as he begins to lose touch with time and place he becomes convinced that he has moved back to another century, another civilization. In the short INTERMEZZO, a Master of Ceremonies announces, in hilarious detail, all the exotic acts that will not be on the bill that evening. In the final play, HOTEL, a down-on-his-luck encyclopedia salesman sits in a flea-bag hotel room, eating Chinese food which is delivered by a disembodied arm, while listening to the squabbling of his neighbors and contemplating the aridity of his limbo-like existence.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 85 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Len Jenkin not only has a vivid imagination, but he also has an artist’s command of his craft.” —New York Times

“Len Jenkin has an unusual talent for reaching into shadowy places in the human psyche and coming up with evocative images.” —Journal American (Seattle)

“Jenkin’s plays have plenty of plot and delicious language, but the transience of experience is the main theme that runs through Jenkin’s work. He manipulates theatrical illusions with a playful manner that recalls Jorge Luis Borges, to disguise meditations on mortality.” —Village Voice (New York)

“Jenkin explores many of the raw nerve ends in our society; the deep need to believe an absolute, while at the same time reveling in the gratification of the present; the difference between titillation and satisfaction; the bizarre nature of reality; and the real nature of the bizarre.” —Times (Seattle)

About the Author


  • Len Jenkin

    Len Jenkin is a novelist, playwright, director, and screenwriter. His novels include N Judah, New Jerusalem, and The Secret Life of Billy's Uncle Myron (with Emily Jenkins). Plays include DARK RIDE, PILGRIMS OF THE NIGHT, CARELESS LOVE, MY UNCLE SAM, LIMBO TALES, THE DREAM EXPRESS, and LIKE I SAY. His works for the stage have been produced throughout the United States, as well as in England, Germany, France, Denmark, and Japan. His films include Blame It on the Night, Welcome to Oblivion, and American Notes. He has received many honors and awards, including three Obie awards for directing and playwriting, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Award, a nomination for an Emmy Award, and four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Mr. Jenkin holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Columbia University. He's a Professor in the Dramatic Writing Department, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and lives in New York City.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 2/28/2014
Pages 32
ISBN 9780881455540

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Special Notes

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Limbo Tales is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC