“…ol’ Eli here doesn’t seem to get that dead people aren’t generally in the mood for poetry.”

Written by Richard Manley

Directed by Eric Parness


  • Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7:30pm

Language: English

Location: LaMama (47 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012)


Quietus takes place today, or a few years into the future. A wealthy and influential group of investors has taken advantage of existing laws and the interpretations of a more libertarian court to open the first for-profit bioemporium.

After a year of relative calm, the enterprise is gearing up for a major Initial Public Offering (IPO), in advance of opening new centers across the country. The CEO, hired for his ethical reputation and previous financial successes, is paired by the Board with a younger, more aggressive president. The play begins during the week of the IPO launch, which is filled with critical presentations, as well as a visit from a team of investigators representing The President’s Council on Bioethics. The team is headed by a philosophy professor with impeccable academic credentials and a great deal of Congressional clout.

Albeit for very different reasons (secular progress / a business legacy/ money and power), all three of the key players want this endeavor to succeed. A wrench is tossed, however, when it is discovered by accident that a family member of one of these players, braindead because of a botched suicide attempt, is alive and protected from all procedures within the facility. The resulting conflict of convictions forces to the surface all of the issues that have kept such a facility fictional.

About the Playwright:

After two decades of success as a copywriter and advertising executive, Richard Manley started a second career writing stage plays, which he has been doing full time for the past five years.  Pulling from many years' worth of personal journals, he rediscovered his passion for the sound of the language and its potential to entertain and provoke and inspire.  When he returned to the States from a sabbatical in Paris six years ago, he sold his business and structured a lifestyle that would allow him to write stage plays full time.


Gordon Stanley
Steven Hauck
Grant James Varjas
Linda Nelson

Access to the Reading:

Pay $5 at the door and get a glass of "vino"