123. PLAY: Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery

Heroes of the Fourth Turning: Arbery, Will: 9780573708626: Amazon.com: Books


Every month, we pick a play or two to discuss, and this week’s episode is a play called “Heroe’s of the Fourth Turning” by Will Arbery. The play was recommended to us from one of our listeners and recurring guest of the podcast, Shaun Leisher! Shaun pointed out that lots of guests have mentioned this play, so we decided it was time to read it for ourselves! We discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play. SPOILER ALERT: There are going to be some spoiler alerts! We highly recommend you read the play before listening to this episode!

About the Play:

It’s a “scrupulously hewn drama centering on four alumni of a conservative Catholic college who confront themselves and each other, clashing over theology, politics and personal responsibility. It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery’s haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself.

 From Playwrights Horizons’ website

About the Playwright:

Will Arbery is a playwright, TV/film writer, and filmmaker from Texas + Wyoming + seven sisters. Other plays include: Plano, Evanston Salt Costs Climbing, Corsicana (development at Playwrights Horizons & Ojai Playwrights Conference) // Wheelchair (3 Hole Press) // You Hateful Things (development at The Public,SPACE on Ryder Farm, and NYTW Dartmouth Residency). He’s currently under commission from Audible, MTC, and Playwrights Horizons. Will Arbery is currently developing TV series with A24/HBO, as well as Littlefield Co./Touchstone. Film projects with BBC Films/A24, Animal Kingdom, and Sight Unseen. Consultant on “Succession” (HBO).


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