About BIG WORK
First produced in Boston, Massachusetts in 2016, Big Work began as two playwrights' personal journey navigating the question, "What do you do?" and wrestling with the big feelings it raised for them about life and purpose and identity. The play soon blossomed into a larger conversation about how we as human beings both make a living and create a life. Distilled from hundreds of pages of interview transcripts with people all over the country, the play weaves together verbatim excerpts of interviews with 17 strangers into a modern day meditation on the American Dream and how we define success and ourselves in the 21st century.
In 2021, as we continue to create lives that feel meaningful in the midst of a global pandemic, Big Work is an invitation for artists and audiences alike to reflect on how our identities have been transformed by the incredible loss and change of this historical moment. At the same time, it offers us the opportunity to reimagine who we are and who we might be moving forward. The portraits of the real people depicted in the play reveal the rich inner lives we all lead. They beckon us to explore what questions we should be asking in order to truly know one another during this singular moment in history and as we imagine and forge a new future.
Live Performance History
PERFORMANCES BY THE PERPETUAL VISITORS THEATRE COMPANY
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Read the Play
Big Work is available as an e-book (well, really an e-play!), and is also available as part of KindleUnlimited.
Perform the Play
If you are interested in performing the full play, or if you want to use excerpts from the script for any purpose, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.