Lonely Planet (play)

Lonely Planet (play)

Lonely Planet is a two character play written by Steven Dietz. The play tells the story of Jody and Carl, two men who live in a city in America. The play was written during the midst of the AIDS epidemic, which is the central focus of the story, though ultimately the play sends the message that one should pay attention to the world around them and realize its problems rather than shun it. The play heavily references the Eugène Ionesco comedy The Chairs.


Jody, a man in his forties, owns a small map store on the oldest street in an American city, and is seemingly worldly and knowledgeable. Carl, a younger man in his early thirties, is a frequent visitor to the store, is a friend of Jody, and seems to lie a lot about his life and occupation. Despite this, the two seemingly know very little about each other. The play begins with Jody explaining how he found a chair placed in his store one day, without notice, by Carl. Pretty soon, the store is littered with chairs, and after some argument between the two, it is revealed that every chair was owned by someone they knew in their community, who had died from the epidemic.It becomes apparent that Jody hasn't left his store for months on end, rarely going outside and rather having things brought to him. Carl has placed the chairs in his store in hopes that Jody will realize that there are things going on in their community, and as a member Jody must bear witness and help the problem, rather than shun the world.It is also revealed that Carl helps empty the residences of those taken by the epidemic, and can't stand to see the chairs abandoned and alone. Rather, he takes them to Jody's shop which is the biggest room he knows of.Carl succeeds in getting Jody to leave when he goes and gets tested for the first time. This leads to him taking a week off from the shop to see the world he abandoned and by the end finding out that he tested negative.However, a few months later, Carl's own chair appears in the shop and it becomes apparent that he will soon succumb to the disease. Now Carl has become the one who needs security, and Jody must pick up where Carl left off.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Lonely Crowd — is the name of a Norwegian/English rock band.BiographyLonely Crowd has existed in different forms since 1995, when singer Stig Jakobsen left the highly eccentric Vampire State Building and immediately formed the band, with former members of De… …   Wikipedia

  • List of X-Play characters — The video game review television program X Play has had numerous recurring sketch characters that have appeared throughout the show s history; during a preview for the game WWE Day of Reckoning 2 (Episode No. 5093), co hosts Adam Sessler and… …   Wikipedia

  • Nkhata Bay — Coordinates: 11°36′S 34°18′E / 11.6°S 34.3°E / 11.6; 34.3 …   Wikipedia

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina — Bosnia redirects here. For other uses, see Bosnia (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina or Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosna i Hercegovina Босна и Херцеговина …   Wikipedia

  • Jobriath — Jobriath, from the cover of Creatures of the Street Background information Birth name Bruce Wayne Campbell Also known as …   Wikipedia

  • Sri Lanka — Ceylon redirects here. For the time period of 1948 1972, see Dominion of Ceylon. For other uses, see Ceylon (disambiguation). Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජය (Sinhala) இலங்கை சனநாயக சமத்துவ… …   Wikipedia

  • Malaysia — This article is about the country. For the biogeographical region, see Malesia. Malaysia …   Wikipedia

  • Dublin — This article is about the capital of Ireland. For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). Dublin Baile Átha Cliath Clockwise from top: Samuel Beckett Bridge, Trinity College …   Wikipedia

  • Melbourne — This article is about the Australian metropolis. The name may also refer to the Melbourne City Centre (also known as the Central Business District or CBD ) or the City of Melbourne (the Local Government Area within which the Melbourne City Centre …   Wikipedia

  • Список австралийских телепрограмм по дате начала показа — Содержание 1 2010 е 1.1 2010 2 2000 е 2.1 2009 …   Википедия

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”