A new play by Jan Peterson Ewen
Based on the novel by award-winning author, Anne Tyler.
The Beginner’s Goodbye by Jan Peterson Ewen
Based on the novel by Anne Tyler Performance rights have been secured.
The Beginner’s Goodbye explores how an emotionally unavailable, middle-aged man, Aaron Woolcott, is ripped apart when his wife is killed in a freak accident. Through his own telling, he is gradually restored by her frequent after-death appearances.
Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron spent his childhood fending off an over- protective sister. When he meets Dr. Dorothy Rosales, a plain, self-dependent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Dorothy and Aaron are married after knowing each other for a few short months, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. He struggles to find meaning and lives in the crushed house for many months before he is forced to move forward.Only Dorothy’s unexpected appearances from the dead help him to live in the moment and, eventually, find some peace.
Gradually he discovers, as he works as the editor in the family’s vanity-publishing business, turning out The Beginner’s Series of books, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.
The Beginner’s Goodbye is a powerful, quirky stage adaptation of this wonderful novel. A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Anne Tyler’s humor, wisdom, and penetrating look at human foibles.
All performance rights have been secured with Anne Tyler for production of this play in Washington State.