The Islanders: Word for Word Acts Out Andrew Sean Greer's Short Story at Z Space

The Islanders

The Blaskets are a small cluster of hilly islands in Ireland, where until recently villagers are said to have lived out their ancient ways without modern influences. Two old friends are there on a trip whose purpose is unclear. They're in a car. It's raining heavily. One friend has a leather bag that's a seemingly endless storehouse of items: an overcoat, multiple homeopathic remedies, pillows, a huge orange scarf. The other friend has a guidebook that tells travelers what's not there (a bridge) as well as what might be there (the Tinkers, mysterious people who roam about conning tourists — sometimes luring them to be robbed, beaten, or worse). It's The Islanders, a short story by Andrew Sean Greer about the bonds of love and friendship in the face of mystery and danger. And starting Wednesday, it's also a play by Word for Word.

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