CITY OF THE DEAD
Two sisters bury their dead father. He breaks out of Hell to see them again and Hell comes looking for him.
Can the sisters bring themselves to give him back? What happens when we can't let go of the dead?
Charlene Riley has just buried her father. After the funeral, her estranged sister Anne Marie and her sister-in-law Fiona return with her to the family home in Memphis. Charlene has brought the family together one last time to tell them she’s done with the family. Charlene intends to leave town with her underage boyfriend Oliver and never look back. But before she can tell them her plans, Richard, her father, knocks on the door. He broke out of Hell to see them again. Agents of Hell are right behind him, demanding that the family give up their father or face the consequences. Charlene decides she can’t let go of her father a second time and will defend the house at whatever the cost.
Originally developed as part of the 2010/2011 Ingram New Works Residency at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre under the tutelage of playwright John Patrick Shanley (Doubt), Rene Copeland (Tennessee Rep Artistic Director), and Lauren Shouse (Tennessee Rep Artistic Associate)
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