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Publication Date
March 2019
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96 pages
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A Play
Ike Holter

Ike Holter’s Sender thrives on the contrast between order and chaos and the tensions that emerge as we leave childhood and adolescence behind to contend with the demands of “adulting.” In this comedy, Holter presents us with four millennial friends wrestling with these issues. While each is at a different stage of “growing up,” one of the friends has disappeared and has been presumed dead. Yet, at the beginning of the play, he returns and completely upends the balance established in his absence. This witty, foul mouthed, and razor-sharp play asks: “What does growing up mean . . . and is it even desired in this day and age?”

Sender is one of seven plays in Holter’s Rightlynd Saga, all to be published by Northwestern University Press. Holter’s plays are set in Chicago’s fictional fifty-first ward. The other plays in the cycle are Exit Strategy, Lottery Day, Prowess, Red Rex, Rightlynd, and The Wolf at the End of the Block.
About the Author

IKE HOLTER is a resident playwright at Victory Gardens Theater and the artistic director of The Roustabouts. His plays have been produced at the Steppenwolf Garage, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre and Cherry Lane Theatre, and elsewhere. He is the 2017 winner of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for drama. His other produced plays include Exit Strategy, Loom, B-Side Studio, The Wolf at the End of the Block, Prowess, and The Light Fantastic.

“. . . very funny and charming . . . a highly entertaining dissection of Midwestern millennials . . . [Sender] plows the very familiar territory of the 30ish person’s agonized transition into arrested adulthood but is notable nonetheless for its wry humor, rich language, authentic compassion and distinct whiff of direct authorial experience.” —Chicago Tribune

“Astonishing … a big part of the genius of Sender is the breakneck momentum embedded in Holter's script. Holter, the Chicago-based wunderkind best known for his Stonewall-riot drama Hit the Wall, is fearless here. He lets his characters spin out like wet clay on a lopsided potter’s wheel, knowing there’s every possibility they’ll end up, well, hitting the wall.” —Chicago Reader

“Holter's way with words only gets stronger—his dialogue is as dense and snappy here as any of the fiery speechifying in his Hit the Wall or Exit Strategy, but with a more grounded, natural feel. Your initial viewing might just leave you wanting to return to Sender." —TimeOut Chicago