by WILL ARBERY
INTRODUCed BY BILL CALLAHAN
Wheelchair follows the shifting lives of cities, apartments, objects, and a man named Gordon. Even though he's being evicted, Gordon believes himself to be one of God’s 36 chosen people. In this play, which teeters between tragedy and comedy, people and refrigerators speak of their despairs and fantasies.
Wheelchair is a beautiful play—surprising at every turn—balancing gentle humor, downright hysteria and genuine pathos.
Riddled with anxiety and self-doubt, the people—and even objects—in Wheelchair battle their grim circumstances with whatever tools they can muster. However, their words are imbued with such humor, strangeness, and life that we are left invigorated rather than depressed by each encounter. Arbery is one of the most exciting young playwrights of his generation.
—Young Jean Lee
Gordon gave me the chance to share my love of Streisand with the audience and expose my vulnerability and innocence.To see myself as a sexual being has been a lifelong goal and challenge. Someone finally writes a romantic scene for me, and I don’t even get the girl in the end!
—Matthew S. Joffe
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Will Arbery is a playwright from Texas + Wyoming + seven sisters. Plays include: Plano (Clubbed Thumb 2018-2019), Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons 2019), and Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (New Neighborhood 2018). His plays and processes have received development and support from Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, New Dramatists (resident), Colt Coeur (resident), Page 73 (Interstate 73), The Vineyard, SPACE on Ryder Farm (Working Farm), Ojai Playwrights Conference, Cape Cod Theater Project, The New Group, EST (Youngblood), The Bushwick Starr, Alliance/Kendeda, Wildacres, 100W Corsicana, and Tofte Lake Center. He's the Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Playwrights Horizons. Other publications: Occasional No. 2 (53rd State Press). Dance work: Pioneer Works, MCA Chicago, Watermill Center. MFA: Northwestern. BA: Kenyon College. willarbery.com