PERSONAL EFFECTS is a thriller that centers on Nicholas Barnes, a successful Los Angeles tax attorney, who suddenly loses his assets, his condo, his career, his lover, and the life he thought he had. He finds himself out on the streets, homeless and hunted by the law. After a failed attempt at suicide and some time in a transient hotel, he undertakes an investigation with his cousin, a woman who has been through a similar set of misfortunes, to determine why these actions have been taken against him and what sort of a familial link exists behind these crimes.
Production InfoCast: 9 total (4 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
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“Douglas Post is one of those rare scribes who is both a serious playwright capable of exploring important themes and an unabashed lover of the thriller genre with a weakness for the ripping yarn. It’s a savvy niche. PERSONAL EFFECTS is a play that revels in a good plot twist even as it explores such themes as communal guilt, the limits of revenge and the possibilities of forgiveness.” —Chicago Tribune
“A terrific play … a beautifully crafted noir thriller … a surprisingly tense plot that deals with powerful themes such as revenge and forgiveness with enchanting use of symbolism and the connection of spiritualism and the eternal urge to return to the land, to one’s roots.” —Chicago Critic
“A taut, suspenseful production that leaves you guessing to the bitter, fantastic end.” —Chicago Arts & Entertainment
“Filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and spine-tingling surprises.” —Wicker Park Voice
“Edgy and interesting … flawless and imaginative … if you are a lover of drama and theater this production is worth the visit.” —Oak Park Journal
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PERSONAL EFFECTS was originally produced by Circle Theatre in Forest Park, Illinois.
It was developed in part through the Toledo Repertory Theatre in Toledo, Ohio
and the Carnegie Mellon Drama Showcase of New Plays in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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