Safe House

Lydia Stryk
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A high-level intelligence officer and his wife welcome a cultural attaché from a foreign country into their home and into their lives. The result is a triangle of danger and passion. A play about secrets and what they do to those who possess them.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (2 female, 1 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes
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“Nobody but Lydia Stryk could have written SAFE HOUSE. Nobody at all. The play is about indirect communication, about people who are under cover, but the writing has at the same time a directness to it that pierces the heart and the soul and makes us wonder to what degree all of us are under cover, in every aspect of our lives. The play manages that mixture of removal and aching compassion that is a hallmark of this unique and remarkable writer. SAFE HOUSE, as befits its theme, is obliquely shattering.” —Austin Pendleton

“Lydia Stryk has written a beautiful play about betrayal that will make your blood run cold. A perfect commentary on the terrifying times we live in and the perils of love and trust.” —Kathleen Chalfant

“SAFE HOUSE turns the mirror-reality of the intelligence world on the private sanctum of the home. A beautifully terse, taut, and intensely disquieting play in which women seek assurance in camaraderie and love only to find them as unreliable as facts and truth.” —Jonathan Kalb

“The crushing psychological burden carried by individuals who become involved, for whatever reasons, in the ambiguous and dangerous shifting of identities in the world of international espionage is chillingly portrayed in SAFE HOUSE. One is reminded of the nightmarish but all too familiar worlds of Sartre and Pinter.” —Marvin Carlson

“Lydia Stryk is a poet of the everyday, its horrors and miracles.” —Karen Malpede

About the Author


  • Lydia Stryk

    Lydia Stryk was born in DeKalb, Illinois, birthplace of barbed wire and flying ears of corn. She grew up between DeKalb and London, England, and as a child also lived in Japan where she studied Kabuki and performed on the stage, and in Iran. After high school, she trained to be an actress at the Drama Centre, London — a career she pursued in New York for exactly one year before going back to school to study history, education and later, journalism. She has a Ph.D. in Theatre from the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York. Her dissertation, "Acting Hysteria: An Analysis of the Actress and her Part," was in part an attempt to understand why her own short-lived experience acting the woman's part on stage felt pathological. She is the author of over a dozen full-length plays and a few short ones, including MONTE CARLO, THE HOUSE OF LILY, THE GLAMOUR HOUSE, AMERICAN TET, AN ACCIDENT and LADY LAY which have been produced across the United States and also in Germany and Canada. US productions include those at Denver Center Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, HB Studios, The Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Magic Theatre and 7 Stages. In Germany her work has been produced at Schauspiel Essen, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Hoftheater Dresden and the English Theater Berlin where she is an artistic associate. Scenes and monologues have been anthologized in collections by Heinemann, Applause and Smith and Kraus. Her play, AMERICAN TET, appears in "Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays" from Northwestern University Press. THE END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT appears in the anthology, "Here Come the Brides!" from Seal Press. Individual plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing and Dramatists Play Service and translated into German by Per Lauke Verlag, Hamburg. She is the recipient of a Berrilla Kerr Playwright Award and a Rella Lossy Playwriting Award.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/5/2023
Pages 56
ISBN 978088145####

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Special Notes

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Safe House is produced
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