Fund for New American Plays

Joy of Going Somewhere Definite
Atlantic Theater Company, New York, NY

Written originally as a radio play, Joy of Going Somewhere Definite opens with three unemployed loggers drinking stubbornly at a Minnesota roadhouse. Something about the drunken stranger at the bar offends them. They take him out and shoot him. Inside his hat they find a letter from the man's wife, who has run away to Canada with her lover. This offends the trio even more, and they drive all night to reunite him with his estranged wife. God and alcohol have their way with the loggers' straightforward assault on the situation, as wild certainties yield in the end to a chastened amazement over what men won't do for a little peace.

Quincy Long's produced works include Shaker Heights (nominated for a 1994 Outer Circle Drama Critics playwriting award) at the Atlantic Theater Company, Home for Contemporary Theatre and Arts, and the Source Theater; The Virgin Molly at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Atlantic Theater Company, the Wilma Theatre, and Studio Theatre; Yokohama Duty at Soho Rep; Dirty Work at EnGrade Arts; The Adventures of Por Quinly at Sundance Children's Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum New Work Festival, and Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theatre in Los Angeles; Something About Baseball at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Bay Package Productions in San Francisco; The Johnstown Vindicator at Theatre Three at the Harold Clurman Theatre, and at Theatre/Theatre in Los Angeles; and Gamboling on the Game at Bay Package Productions in San Francisco. Long has received new play commissions from the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory Theater, Soho Repertory Theater, EnGrade Arts, Sundance Children's Theatre, and Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theatre. He is a recipient of playwriting grants from the NEA and NYFFA, and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. Long has written teleplays for HBO and American Playhouse, and is currently working on a screenplay, The Miami Messiah, for an independent producer. Long, from Warren, Ohio, is a graduate of Hiram College and the Yale School of Drama.

Director: Lisa Peterson
Runs: April 10-May 18, 1997
(subject to change)

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