We are pleased to announce the publication of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. The play received its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre in the spring of 2012 in New Haven, Connecticut. It opened on Broadway in New York City in the spring of 2014, where it won a Drama Desk Award, was named USA Today’s “Best Play on Broadway,” topped the Guardian’s 2014 list of best American plays, and was included in the New York Times’ “Best Theater of 2014.”
“Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really . . . Mr. Eno’s voice may be the most singular of his generation.”
— Charles Isherwood, New York Times
Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, are two suburban couples who have more in common than their identical last names. This existential comedy, pitched in Will Eno’s singular voice, finds the darkness, sweetness and hilarity in our fleeting and ordinary days, as we seek to reveal ourselves, and conceal ourselves, often in the same minute. Sometimes there are only short-term answers to life’s eternal questions, but all four Joneses, like all of us, are going to try their best, in very different ways.
“As usual, Eno’s dialogue is a marvel of compression and tonal control, trivial chitchat flipping into cosmic profundity with striking ease . . . There’s much to savor: the dry but meaningful banter, the joy of humans sharing time and space, battling the darkness with a joke or silence. Life in Enoland isn’t what you’d call realistic—it’s more real than that.”
—David Cote, Time Out New York
Will Eno’s play The Open House premiered at Signature Theatre Company in 2014, and received the Obie Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, and a Drama Desk Special Award. His play Title and Deed premiered at Signature in 2012 and was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014. Both Title and Deed and The Realistic Joneses were included in the New York Times Best Plays of 2012 list. Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into many languages. Other plays include Gnit, an adaption of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Middletown, The Flu Season and Tragedy: a tragedy.