On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning

Eric Overmyer
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Among the most imaginative works of the 20th century, Eric Overmyer’s ON THE VERGE OR THE GEOGRAPHY OF YEARNING captivates with its abundant invention. Three Victorian lady travelers take it upon themselves to discover the mystery of things as they set out for Terra Incognita and discover the future.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (3 female, 1 male)
Full Length Drama (about 95 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
Reviews

Press Quotes

“Cross the wordplay of S J Perelman with the world-in-a-time-warp vision of Caryl Churchill and you might approximate the special flavor of ON THE VERGE. In Eric Overmyer’s chimerical new comedy, three Victorian lady explorers set out on an adventure that takes them to darkest Africa, highest Himalaya and Terra Incognita … Blending Tom Stoppard’s limber linguistics with the historic overview of a Thornton Wilder, Mr Overmyer takes his audience on a mirthful safari … spinning into time travel. Three ‘sister sojourners’, each a prototypical Victorian lady explorer, equipped with dialog as pithy as their helmets, thwack their machetes through the wilderness while telling tales of past jaunts among the natives. As intrepid trekkers, they put the lie to any charge that they are representatives of a weaker sex. Mr Overmyer has written a play that is joyfully feminist. Heroines to their heart, the explorers can accommodate themselves to any emergency (natural or man-made), although they are momentarily disoriented as they approach modern times. In their kaleidoscopic adventure, they journey through a rain forest of hundreds of artifacts from the future — household utensils, mechanical contrivances and a side-view automobile mirror that reads ‘Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.’ How does one deal with such a chimera? … In the play there is wit within the palaver. As one traveler says, ‘I have seen the future and it is slang.’ The author himself is an ecologist of language and a shrewd observer of our quest to control our environment — and the environment of others … A frolicsome jaunt through a continuum of space, time, history, geography, feminism and fashion, Mr Overmyer’s cavalcade is on the verge of becoming a thoroughly serendipitous journey.” —Mel Gussow, The New York Times

About the Author

Author

  • Eric Overmyer

    Eric Overmyer is a playwright and a television writer and producer. He graduated as a theater major from Reed College in 1973. His plays include ON THE VERGE, THE HELIOTROPE BOUQUET, IN A PIG'S VALISE, DON QUIXOTE DE LA JOLLA, NATIVE SPEECH, MI VIDA LOCA, IN PERPETUITY THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, and DARK RAPTURE. Mr Overmyer has written extensively for television, including for Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire and Law & Order, and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. He received an Edgar Award for the television feature Rear Window. Overmyer was also a co-creator of the HBO series Treme, about musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 2/28/2014
Pages 88
ISBN 9780881455809

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First produced by Center Stage, Baltimore

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC
www.broadwayplaypublishing.com

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Upcoming and Recent Productions

Professional


12/5/2019 – 12/15/2019
Forge Repertory Theatre
Kansas City, MO

9/14/2019 – 11/10/2019
Commonweal Theatre Company
Lanesboro, MN

11/2/2016 – 11/20/2016
Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Roswell, GA

Nonprofessional


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Baltimore, MD

10/29/2024 – 11/9/2024
Alexandria, MN

10/4/2024 – 10/13/2024
Youngstown, OH

4/7/2024 – 4/8/2024
Black Hills Community Theatre
Rapid City, SD

3/29/2024 – 4/5/2024
Hiram College
Hiram, OH

3/15/2024 – 3/23/2024
Carthage College
Kenosha, WI

2/15/2024 – 2/22/2024
North Greenville University
Tigerville, SC

11/1/2023 – 11/11/2023
Randolph-Macon College Theatre
Ashland, VA

11/1/2023 – 11/11/2023
Buffalo State University/Casting Hall Productions
Buffalo, NY

7/12/2023 – 7/15/2023
Theatre Columbus State
Columbus, OH

4/21/2023 – 4/22/2023
Washington College
Chestertown, MD

4/20/2023 – 4/22/2023
Boston University Stage Troupe
Boston, MA

3/31/2023 – 4/8/2023
University Of Illinois Springfield
Springfield, IL

3/22/2023 – 3/26/2023
St Joseph's University
Philadelphia, PA

3/2/2023 – 3/4/2023
Villa Duchesne School Of The Sacred Heart
St. Louis, MO

2/23/2023 – 3/25/2023
Live Theatre Workshop
Tucson, AZ

12/8/2022 – 12/11/2022
Amarillo College Theatre
Amarillo, TX

12/2/2022 – 12/11/2022
Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA

11/17/2022 – 11/20/2022
Csb Sju Theater Dept
St. Joseph, MN

10/5/2022 – 10/8/2022
Wood River High School
Hailey, ID

10/5/2022 – 10/8/2022
Claps
Covington, LA

9/3/2022 – 9/24/2022
Retro Productions
New York, NY

4/28/2022 – 4/30/2022
Southwest Baptist University
Bolivar, MO

4/7/2022 – 4/10/2022
Oklahoma Baptist University
Shawnee, OK

4/5/2022 – 4/10/2022
Furman University
Greenville, SC

3/31/2022 – 4/10/2022
Auburn University At Montgomery
Montgomery, AL

1/13/2022 – 1/14/2022
Wellesley Public Schools
Wellesley, MA

12/12/2021 – 12/13/2021
The Akron School For The Arts At Firestone Clc
Akron, OH

11/3/2021 – 11/6/2021
Polytechnic School
Pasadena, CA

10/28/2021 – 10/30/2021
Bryan College
Dayton, TN

10/23/2021 – 10/23/2021
Mosaic Players
Antioch, IL

10/8/2021 – 10/10/2021
Rice University
Houston, TX

10/7/2021 – 10/10/2021
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa, OK

9/25/2021 – 10/3/2021
Mosaic Players
Lake Villa, IL

9/19/2021 – 9/19/2021
Mosaic Players
Lindenhurst, IL

9/4/2021 – 9/5/2021
Mosaic Players
Lake Villa, IL

4/30/2021 – 5/1/2021
Luminary Arts
San Marcos, CA

4/10/2021 – 4/10/2021
Western Albemarle High School
Crozet, VA

3/5/2021 – 4/2/2021
Ferris High School
Ferris, TX

2/18/2021 – 2/21/2021
Rockford University
Rockford, IL

1/25/2021 – 1/26/2021
Strong Rock Christian School
Locust Grove, GA

10/22/2020 – 10/25/2020
Saint Petersburg College
Clearwater, FL

2/20/2020 – 2/23/2020
Niagara University Theatre Department
Niagara University, NY

2/7/2020 – 2/7/2020
Carrollton High School Performing Arts
Columbus, GA

1/22/2020 – 1/26/2020
Bromley Little Theatre
Bromley, United Kingdom

11/14/2019 – 11/23/2019
Elmhurst College Theatre
Elmhurst, IL

10/24/2019 – 10/26/2019
York College Of Pennsylvania
York, PA

10/17/2019 – 10/26/2019
Carrollton High School Performing Arts
Carrollton, GA

10/3/2019 – 10/6/2019
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM

9/28/2019 – 9/29/2019
The Majestic Theatre - Lab
Corvallis, OR

8/25/2019 – 8/25/2019
New Muses Theatre Company
Tacoma, WA

7/11/2019 – 7/21/2019
Rolling Bay Hall
Bainbridge Island, WA

4/11/2019 – 4/14/2019
Dominican University
River Forest, IL

4/1/2019 – 4/1/2019
Mt Hood Rep
Gresham, OR

3/8/2019 – 3/16/2019
Norman Family Theatre Company
Norman, OK

1/22/2019 – 1/27/2019
Lousiana Tech University Theatre
Ruston, LA

1/11/2019 – 1/20/2019
The Prospect Theater Project
Modesto, CA

12/5/2018 – 12/8/2018
McArdle Theatre
Houghton, MI

11/28/2018 – 12/8/2018
University Of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada

11/15/2018 – 11/18/2018
University Of Arizona School Of Theatre, Film, And Television
Tucson, AZ

10/25/2018 – 10/27/2018
Boston College Dramatics Society
Chestnut Hill, MA

10/4/2018 – 10/20/2018
Wingspan Theatre Company
Dallas, TX

9/24/2018 – 9/29/2018
Bas Bleu Theatre
Fort Collins, CO

9/21/2018 – 9/22/2018
The Black Box Theatre
Towanda, PA

8/10/2018 – 8/23/2018
Porthole Players, Ltd
Newport, OR

7/27/2018 – 7/28/2018
Fire Pit Productions
Alexandria, MN

5/18/2018 – 5/20/2018
Adams County Arts Council
West Union, OH

5/9/2018 – 5/13/2018
Bradford High School
Kenosha, WI

4/20/2018 – 4/29/2018
Eastern Iowa Community College
Muscatine, IA

4/11/2018 – 4/14/2018
Rollins College
Winter Park, FL

4/5/2018 – 4/7/2018
H-B Woodlawn
Arlington, VA

3/22/2018 – 3/22/2018
Skyline High School Theatre
Ann Arbor, MI

3/2/2018 – 3/18/2018
Red Curtain Foundation For The Arts
Marysville, WA

2/16/2018 – 2/25/2018
Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN

12/2/2017 – 12/2/2017
Cheyenne East High School
Casper, WY

11/9/2017 – 12/19/2017
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

11/6/2017 – 11/7/2017
Portland Civic Theatre Guild
Portland, OR

11/3/2017 – 11/12/2017
Moscow Community Theatre
Moscow, ID

10/19/2017 – 10/20/2017
Cheyenne East High School
Cheyenne, WY

10/19/2017 – 10/21/2017
Silverado High School
Las Vegas, NV

10/13/2017 – 10/14/2017
Village Academy Schools
Powell, OH

9/28/2017 – 10/19/2017
Little Fish Theatre
San Pedro, CA

9/22/2017 – 9/30/2017
Dreamwell Theatre Company
Iowa City, IA

9/21/2017 – 9/30/2017
Albion College
Albion, MI

8/25/2017 – 9/10/2017
Pasadena Little Theatre
Pasadena, TX

8/24/2017 – 8/24/2017
Pasadena Little Theatre
Pasadena, TX

8/4/2017 – 8/6/2017
Boston Children'S Theatre
Beverly, MA

5/31/2017 – 6/10/2017
Byu-Idaho Dept Of Theatre And Dance
Rexburg, ID

5/4/2017 – 5/21/2017
Theatre 98
Fairhope, AL

4/26/2017 – 4/30/2017
Tulane University, Department Of Theatre And Dance
New Orleans, LA

3/17/2017 – 3/19/2017
Hinckley-Finlayson High School
Hinckley, MN

2/23/2017 – 2/26/2017
Barry University
Miami, FL

11/9/2016 – 11/12/2016
Missouri Valley College
Marshall, MO

11/4/2016 – 11/4/2016
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
Philadelphia, PA

11/4/2016 – 11/12/2016
St. Agnes Academy
Houston, TX

11/3/2016 – 11/5/2016
Los Osos High School
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

11/3/2016 – 11/10/2016
In Good Company Theatre
New Orleans, LA

10/28/2016 – 10/30/2016
Concordia Preparatory School
Towson, MD

10/14/2016 – 10/23/2016
Kent Trumbull Theatre
Warren, OH

10/14/2016 – 11/6/2016
Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Redwood City, CA

10/13/2016 – 10/20/2016
University Of San Diego Theatre Department
San Diego, CA

10/10/2016 – 10/16/2016
UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance
Whitewater, WI

10/6/2016 – 10/9/2016
Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, NC

6/18/2016 – 7/13/2016
The Attic Theater Company Inc.
New York, NY

5/8/2016 – 5/17/2016
University Of West Florida, Theatre Department
Pensacola, FL

5/6/2016 – 5/22/2016
Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre
Atlantic Beach, FL

3/25/2016 – 4/10/2016
Waukegan Park District
Waukegan, IL

3/23/2016 – 5/27/2016
Timberview High School
Arlington, TX