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On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning

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TITLE
On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning
AUTHORS

Eric Overmyer

SYNOPSIS

In 1888, three experienced, nineteenth-century American lady adventurers, armed with umbrellas, a picnic and pith helmets, set out to explore “Terra Incognito”, eagerly embracing cultures and replicas of distant civilizations (such as an eggbeater which they deduce must be “a marsupial’s unicicle”). Caught in a time warp, they find themselves in Eisenhower’s 1950s America where they sample rock’n’roll and discover artefacts which include “I like Ike” badges and yet more aggbeaters! The trio split when two decide to remain in 1955: Alexandra becomes an expert rock’n’roller and Fanny falls in love with a cocktail-bar owner. It is left to Mary to continue the journey of exploration, but not before she has shed her Victorian garb for a pair of trousers!

AVAILABILITY
Available
YEAR
1988
ISBN
978-0-573-01712-3
TYPOLOGY
Drama
PUBLISHER
Samuel French Ltd.
biography

Born in 1951 in Colorado, Eric Ellis Overmyer is a playwright, screenwriter and producer. He graduated as a Theatre major from Reed College in 1973, and is the author of several critically acclaimed plays, such as “On the Verge”, “The Heliotrope Bouquet by Scott Joplin and Louis Chauvin”, and “In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe”.

He has also written and produced countless shows for television, including “St. Elsewhere”, “Homicide: Life on the Street”, “Law & Order”, “The Wire”, “New Amsterdam”, “Bosch”, “Treme” and “The Man in the High Castle”.

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