This is Andrew Kramer’s second residency with Tennessee Rep. In addition to his work with the Ingram Project, Andrew is currently a member of the Emerging Writer's Group at The Public Theater. Andrew’s plays are radical reexaminations that explode sex and power and class and identity and family.
What can we do to escape such deep unhappiness? Rebecca and Rusty Helmer got married too soon and had children too young, but somehow, found success through a joint career opportunity. Now, they find themselves locked into a life that looks quite perfect on the outside: financial stability, a castle of a house, an artistically talented son, and a wise, worldly daughter. But when Rebecca embarks on a journey of self-discovering through reconstructing herself - literally - with plastic surgery, the Helmer family begins to break, crack, and crumble from the inside out. A play about a recognizable American family (think: Norman Rockwell in distorted, theatrical Technicolor) fighting for identity and connection in an increasingly fragile and fracturing world.