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 at all times, people and refrigerators speak of their great despairs and fantasies.
July 1, 2018
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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 + performer + filmmaker from Texas + Wyoming. His play PLANO premiered at Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks in June 2018. He’s currently under commission from Playwrights Horizons. His plays have been developed at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, Ojai Playwrights Conference, New Neighborhood, The New Group, EST/Youngblood, The Bushwick Starr, Alliance/Kendeda, White Heron, 100W Corsicana, Two Headed Rep, and Tofte Lake Center. He’s a member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm, EST’s Youngblood, Calliope Theatre, and a former member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group. His dance work (with Kora Radella & Matty Davis) has been seen at Pioneer Works, The Watermill Center, and MCA Chicago. MFA: Northwestern University. BA: Kenyon College. He grew up the only boy among seven sisters. willarbery.com