American Dead

In a shuttering rural town, the local drunk Lewie mourns his sister Grace, a deputy shot down in a robbery.  Her death’s become lore, his brother-in-law has remarried, and the sheriff has lost patience with Lewie’s liquored up trespassing of their old haunts where he visits her ghost.  Playwright Brett Neveu was raised in Newton, Iowa — the former home of Maytag — and his mordant two-act is a requiem for those communities whose lingering residents move, reminisce, or soldier on.  “It’s like a Western,” says Neveu of the play’s cracked, but credible realism, “You get a sense of who these lives are.”

Originally published in the LA Times

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