After closing the biggest business deal of his life, Jerry arrives home champagne in hand, to discover his wife Lucy having sex with Shaun, a 20 something hunk, on the living room carpet. Shaun is then held captive, and somewhat captivated, forced to witness the damaging effects his actions have caused. Although Jerry and Lucy traditionally handle their marital problems with sardonic verbal sparring and cunning insults, the brazen nature of the situation forces them to finally confront the demons of their marriage. As liquor loosens their tongues, Jerry and Lucy rehash issues and conflicts from the past, present and future. Indiscretions, long ago mutually swept under the carpet, are dragged out for a second go, highlighting just how deft couples can be at convincing themselves their relationship is worth saving.
THE PLAY’S HISTORY:
Drawing Straws was written in 2009 by request from Bryan Cranston after he had read the novel “Untethered” by Scooter. The play was first read at The Road Theater’s 2010 Summer Playwrights Festival. A backer’s reading was held in New York at the Jerry Orbach Theater on November 18, 2010 with the same cast. All of the readings were directed by Sam Anderson.
Jerry Green . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryan Cranston
Lucy Green . . . . . . . . . . . . Robin Dearden
Shaun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean Wing
From L to R: Sean Wing, Robin Dearden, Bryan Cranston, Scooter Pietsch