Two strangers on a train: one a famous author, the other a great admirer of his. Does she have the courage to bring his latest book out of her bag and read it? Better yet, will she have the nerve to speak to him? In searching monologues, author and admirer reveal the rich unpredictability of their inner lives, and a journey that began simply as a trip from Paris to Frankfurt becomes an adventure of the mind.
By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Laura Gordon
Featuring Sarah Day and Brian Mani
Production originated at American Players Theatre
Reza’s artful play may persuade you that there is nothing of greater value in all the world than a brief encounter between strangers on a train.—The New Yorker
This is a subtle, touching work about lonely people who allow only their imaginations to run wild.—NY Daily News
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Sarah Day and Brian Mani, The Unexpected Man, 2017. Production originated at American Players Theatre. Photo: Liz Lauren.
Additional programming support is provided by the Kohler Trust for Arts and Education, the Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation, Wisconsin Arts Board, Sargento Foods Inc., Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust, and members of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.