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by Rajiv Joseph May-June 2013
directed by Skola Summers & Rommel Sulit The Museum of Human Achievement
Maybe if I could climb to the top of this telephone pole in the rain at night, like the mast of a ship lost at sea, maybe I’ll see the shine of you, bringing me home again. Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together. Gruesome Playground Injuries tells a different kind of love story through sharp humor and even sharper insights into the human condition. They say love hurts, and that’s what makes it worthwhile. Of course, they’ve never met Doug and Kayleen – some love stories are written in the scars…
& Benjamin Summers
"For all the work that the playwright and Street Corner Arts do to distance us from the characters, however, I find myself empathizing with the idea of them. Kayleen's injuries are internal, though the result of external forces, such as an abusive father. Doug, on the other hand, is accident-prone, a term to which he explicitly objects, but nevertheless, his enthusiasm for life and its adventures repeatedly land him in the infirmary, and it is there, more or less, that the two reunite over and over again."
Matthew Irwin, Austin Chronicle
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