With Love and a Major Organ (60 minute paperback version) by Julia Lederer
Whimsical, quirky, and wildly original, With Love and a Major Organ pushes on the ever-stranger phenomenon of physical human interaction in the age of technology. Why is it that we are ever more connected and yet we have never felt more alone? During her morning commute, a young woman falls in love with a total stranger she meets on the subway. After giving the man her actual beating heart, he disappears -leading this unlikely heroine on a quest to retrieve her heart, accidentally cracking open those of others she meets along the way. An eccentric, edgy comedy about what it costs to give your heart away, and what happens when you discover you actually have one.
“Explored with considerable charm...Lederer’s dialogue is laced with sophisticated poetry and wry insight into the isolation faced by a generation.” - The Los Angeles Times
“The results are funny, insightful, and end up saying much more about the heart and human interaction than simply being a quirky, poetically symbolic love story....What then could be more important than seeing a play like “With Love and a Major Organ,” with its insistence that one’s heart, in real time, is central to everything.” - The Daily Breeze
Keywords: love, transportation, virtual, online therapy, relationships, monologues, contemporary, comedy, magic realism, fairytale.
Year Printed: 2016
First Produced: In 2015 at Strawdog Theatre Company, Chicago, IL.
Running Time: 60 minutes
Male Cast: 1
Female Cast: 2
Total Cast: 3