Christopher Shinn

Plays by Christopher Shinn


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

 Go where there's violence.

Silicon Valley. The future. A rocket launches.

Luke is an aerospace billionaire who can talk to anyone. But God is talking to him. He sets out to change the world. Only violence stands in his way.

Christopher Shinn's gripping play received its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre on 12 August 2017 in a production directed by Ian Rickson and featuring Ben Whishaw as Luke.

Now or Later

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Now or Later is a sharp-witted and searching examination of the mechanics of free speech and cultural criticism.

Election night in the US and things are looking rosy for the Democratic Party. Holed up in a hotel watching the results flood in are the likely President-elect, his wife, advisors and twenty-year-old son John Jnr. Every speech, interview and photocall has been carefully controlled and meticulously orchestrated, all leading up to this big night.

At the same time controversial photos of John Jnr from a party at his Ivy League college are gathering momentum on the internet. For John Jnr, his protest against hypocrisy was a lot more complicated than the apology they’ve written for him suggests. Whilst his father's advisors work against the clock on damage limitation, it's up to father and son to try and reach an agreement.

Now or Later is a deep and intelligent discussion of religion, freedom of expression and personal responsibility. The play premiered in 2008 at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

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Christopher Shinn (b. 1975) is an American playwright from New York. He has had a number of play produced in the UK, including Four (Royal Court Theatre, 1998); Other People (Royal Court Theatre, 2000); Where Do We Live (Royal Court Theatre, 2002); The Coming World (Soho Theatre, 2001), and Dying City (Royal Court Theatre, 2006). In 2008 he was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. Most recently he took part in the Bush Theatre's staging of the Bible, Sixty Six Books.