The reason for writing 'bench' is that my grandmother was in a coma. She was going in and out every 5 or 6 hours as were many people on her floor at the Princeton New Jersey Hospital. As I sat there next to her, I began to wonder if all these people were actually going to the same place. Like some abyss or end point. And she was meeting all these other people there and they all talked. And people from all hospitals and coma everywhere went to this edge of life. And if you were unlucky enough to be trapped there or brought there by someone or went there by yourself, it was really your attitude and want to come back and maybe even the others that influenced you when you were there that determined if you made it back. That's where the idea came from. I found that not many people write plays that humorously deal with comas and suicide and this edge.
And set in a theater of absurd setting is what makes the play interesting.
My influences: Neil Simon, Eugene Ionesco, Luigi Pirandello, and many Theatre of the Absurd artists.
Photo: Luigi's official website: http://www.luigijannuzzi.com
A BENCH AT THE EDGE
by Luigi Jannuzzi
26th - 30th November 2019
(Tues - Sat at 6.15pm, matinée on Sat 30th at 1pm)
Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower St, London WC2H 9NP
Tickets: £12 / £10
Online booking: https://www.actorscentre.co.uk/theatre/a-bench-at-the-edge
Box office: 020 3841 6611