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What choice would you make when everything else is stripped away?

By: Patrick Meyers
Director: Brandon Lyles

Performances

June 7, 8, 15 @ 7:30 pm
June 16 @ 2:00pm
Williamsburg Library Theatre

ABOUT THE PLAY

The setting is an icy ledge high up on K2, the world’s second highest mountain. Two climbers, Taylor and Harold, are stranded at 27,000 feet, and Harold has suffered a broken leg in their precipitous descent. They have also lost one of their ropes, and the remaining one is neither long or strong enough to serve as a sling to lower Harold to the next ledge. As Taylor climbs back up the mountain in an attempt to recover the other rope the two men keep up a running conversation which begins in a lighthearted vein but gradually shades into an absorbing discussion of the meaning and value of life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

(Courtesy of American Theatre Wing)
PATRICK MEYERS was born in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University at Fort Collins, where he began acting. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles and joined the Company Theatre. In 1972, he moved to Berkeley, California where he earned a degree in television production from Merritt College, and completed his first play — a children’s drama for television entitled The Frown. The next year, Meyers was accepted into the Advanced Training Program for drama at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre. After its 1977 debut with the Berkeley Stage Company, his second play Feedlot received its New York opening with the Circle Repertory Company. Laney College in Oakland, California introduced Meyers’ next play, An Actor Repairs, that same year. In 1978 the Circle Repertory premieredGlorious Morning. Meyers’ fifth play, K2, premiered in 1982 at the Theatre by the Sea in Portsmouth, NH, followed closely by productions at the Arena Stage and Syracuse Stage. K2opened in 1983 on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Meyers followed K2 with two stylistically adventurous plays: Just Like the Lions (1984) and Dysan (1985), which was presented by the Circle Rep in 1985.