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Homebody/Kabul Question! [May. 24th, 2004|02:46 pm]
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I saw this play yesterday with Maggie Gylenhaal at the BAM Theater in Brooklyn and one line struck me and today I can't remember it!

It's at the very end, when Maggie's character(Priscilla) is back in London and she's something something about being "goaded by grief" and her soul being happy. I'd LOVE to remember the full quote!

Is there anyone out there who has seen the play and remembers this OR has any idea where I can find the full quote on the internet?


From: jellybeast
2004-05-24 08:23 pm (UTC)

Is this the bit you're thinking of?

I haven't seen the play: I've only read it, so there may have been some changes in the performance you saw. This is from the last scene of the play:


He thinks I'm innumerate. I'm trying to forgive him, it's hard. Almost as hard as fogiving her.
(Little pause)
I can't imagine her. Wearing the clothes she'd be wearing, the food, the hinger, trying to speak--that's the hardest, her not knowing the words . . .
Did she leave because she had to leave? Did she lieave because of love? Did she die, or flee, or . . . ? I never could understnad her. Not her words, not her distance, not even her grief.
"What's it mean, Mummy, what's it mean?"

Kushner, Tony. Homebody / Kabul. New York: Theatre Communication Group, 2002.
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[User Picture]From: michelleypants
2004-05-24 08:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Is this the bit you're thinking of?

That's not the exact one I was thinking of, but it's one of the lines that stood out to me. I've just reserved the book from the library so hopefully I'll be able to find it in there somewhere unless it was one of the changed lines.

Either way, thanks so much for your help!
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[User Picture]From: renosweeneytodd
2004-09-26 12:19 am (UTC)
I recall this line being used in the final moments of the BAM production, but it was not in the NYTW staging nor is it in the published script. I'm almost certain that this phrase was added to the line quoted by JellyBeast for the BAM production, but I wish I were more certain.
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