Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Starring Anthony Alcocer, Monish Bhattacharyya, Rosa Fernandez, Jonathan Foreman, David Hayes, Sara Kow-Falcone and Victoria Pérez.
Somewhere there is a place that isn’t even a place, a room constructed of ones and zeros and a dogged instinct to survive. Four lonely souls convene to RecoverTogether.com, or at least to try:
Orangutan left Japan when she was nine days old but now, with tenuous sobriety, returns to meet her birth parents. She nurtures an online friendship with Chutes&Ladders, an IRS paper-pusher who is “fifty years old on a good day” and doesn’t dare to venture anywhere his 1995 Tercel can’t take him. Newcomer Fountainhead comes off initially as a “troll”—a pretender who lurks the internet to harass the legit and the sincere; with only days clean, he’s barely able to admit his addiction to himself, let alone his loving yet unstable wife. Site founder Haikumom moderates the conversation, making sure her online children play nice and keep their language clean. For Haikumom, this chatroom is a safe haven far removed from the Real World, where she lives “one notch above squalor,” her computer her only valued possession.
Somewhere there is a place that is actually a place, a place called Philadelphia, PA, but for Eliot Ortiz it might as well be ones and zeros. A wounded Iraq war veteran, Eliot relies on painkillers to cope with the ghost he sees everywhere, a ghost that pursues him and speaks to him in a language he does not understand. When a family crisis upends the already precarious balance of Eliot’s life, he is forced to confront his estranged biological mother: Odessa Ortiz, the woman otherwise known as Haikumom.