The Angel in the Trees and Other Monologues (paperback)


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A lapsed academic haunted by her past, and by an ambiguous angel, in the backwoods of the American South; a Midwestern widower dreams of returning to the Ireland of his youth; a heartsick cabbie auditions for his ex in a pub-theatre in Cork City; a schizophrenic grapples for freedom from the mother in his mind; three voices of the COVID-19 pandemic seek long-distance resolution and reunion. In these and other monologues, selected from over two decades of work, award-winning American playwright Dan O’Brien illuminates, in heartbreaking and unwavering fashion, the humanity of lost souls longing to be heard.

“Dan O’Brien is a playwright-poet who, like a mash-up of Seamus Heaney and Dashiel Hammett, puts the audience in the middle of an unfolding mystery promising both revelation and terror, and delivering an equal measure of both.”

Robert Schenkkan

“O’Brien is an outstanding wordsmith and a sharp observer of character.”

“emotionally gripping, psychologically astute…a bracing and absorbing piece of theater.” 
New York Times (Critics’ Pick) on The Body of an American

“A masterpiece of truthfulness and feeling.” 
The Guardian on War Reporter

“utterly riveting…frequently exhilarating”
The Washington Post on The Body of an American


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198 x 129 mm





Publication date

05 November 2020

About the writer

Dan O’Brien’s plays include The Body of an American, winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, as well as the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, and The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, winner of the 2018 PEN Award for Drama. A former Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art, O’Brien is also an award-winning poet with collections published in the US and the UK. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.