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The Liquid Plain

Naomi Wallace
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Winner of the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play


On the docks of late 18th-century Rhode Island, two runaway slaves, Adjua and Dembi, plan a desperate and daring run to freedom. When a chance encounter triggers an unexpected collision of worlds, painful truths are uncovered, and the brutality of past crimes spills into the next generation.

Production Info

Cast: 10 total (3 female, 7 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Period Costumes

Press Quotes

“American theater needs more plays like Naomi Wallace’s THE LIQUID PLAIN — by which I mean works that are historical, epic and poetic.” —Time Out New York

“Elegant … Wallace is as much a poet as she is a playwright.” —The New Yorker

“A powerful, cathartic reminder that true freedom always starts in the soul and proceeds outward, transforming — and exalting — everything in its path.” —Talkin’ Broadway

“Naomi Wallace is the master when it comes to ‘translating’ History into Theater: she does not dramatize ‘facts’ but lays bare emotional truths.” —Robin D G Kelley, historian and social critic

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 11/18/2015
Pages 110
ISBN 9780881456363

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:

World Premiere by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

New York Premiere by Signature Theater

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
The Liquid Plain is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC