The Gravedigger's Tango

The Gravedigger's Tango

by Ian Walker

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Hired to exhume a handful of graves, Patrick “Trick” Bulifant must out-smart the cemetery caretaker who threatens to club anyone who does so with a shovel. But as the battle of wills intensifies, the secrets-- both horrific and deadly-- rise from the past like ghosts. At their center is a grave with no date of birth or death, but an inscription of ever-lasting love.

Alexander Charon, an impetuous young doctor fresh out of school, meets a debauched medic with a fascinating claim: to have a patient that will make him the most famous doctor in the world. He offers to show this miraculous "wonder" to Charon, who declines until he meets the patient's beautiful and troubled daughter... who has a startling request of her own.

"A cool, literary mystery," writes Leslie Katz of the San Francisco Examiner, "the story instantly sucks the viewer in."

"The tropes seem unmistakably Shakespearean, but Walker's keen sensitivity to relationships and the powerful manner in which he excavates issues like mortality and euthanasia ground the play in the realm of the distinctly modern," SF Bay Guardian.

Winner of the International Larry Corse Playwriting Prize.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015781342
Publisher: Lyric Productions, Second Wind Publishing
Publication date: 11/24/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 65 KB

About the Author

Ian Walker is the winner of the International Larry Corse Prize and the John Golden Prize in playwriting, a Bay Area One Act award for Best Play, a DramaLogue Award for outstanding sound design, and three Best of Fringe Awards (SF) for directing, acting, and sound design. Born in 1964 to Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Walker and pianist Helen Walker-Hill, he initially eschewed the arts to pursue a career in counseling, working with runaway youth. In 1994, he developed an improvisational theatre program in Oakland, California designed to work with adults in substance abuse recovery; he stayed as director of the program for three years before returning to the stage. He is the author of ten full-length plays including A BEAUTIFUL HOME FOR THE INCURABLE, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MARY ROSEMARY, VIGILANCE, and GHOST IN THE LIGHT. His works have been performed from San Francisco to New York and in Canada. Currently, Mr. Walker is playwright-in-residence with Second Wind Productions in San Francisco.

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