Bright Half Life

Off The Press

A moving love story that spans decades in an instant—from marriage, children, skydiving, and the infinite moments that make a life together.

“BRIGHT HALF LIFE, a sixty-five minute chronicle of a deeply committed lesbian relationship, is contemporary as a play could be but the theme is classic and timeless. Legal gay marriage has occupied merely a nanosecond of our existence, but the presentation of the highs and lows of coupledom, as exampled in this piece, defy the ages.” —The Huffington Post. “This well-written portrayal of smart women finding, losing, and finding themselves and each other again, is profound…past, present, and future are contained in each moment, and every one of them feels full.” —The New Yorker. “Most relationships develop in one of two ways—they endure or they don’t. Ms. Barfield’s variegated structure complicates this simple either/or, showing the volatility in a long-term partnership, the joy and desolation, the hurt and help—all intermingled, all at once. If these women, these maybe soul mates, could somehow suddenly see what the years will bring, would they still go out on that first date?” —The New York Times. “It may sound fatalistic to accept that every relationship has a half life—that true love is not an infinite resource destined to endure for eternity. It certainly defies the institution of marriage, whose romantic reputation hinges on this concept of “foreverness.” True, it’s no fairy tale story, but Tanya Barfield’s new two-hander BRIGHT HALF LIFE sacrifices none of its head-over-heels romance, even as its central couple spirals towards extinction.” —

Written by Tanya Barfield
Recommended for adults and older teens

Elgood Theatre

Sunday, November 6, 4pm

Bright Half Life is sponsored by William and Kathleen Duso

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