Lifejacket Theater Company presents at the Sheen Center:

GOREY: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey

Written and Directed by Travis Russ

Wednesday, December 14, 2016–Saturday, January 14, 2017

Black Box Theater


"The offbeat illustrator proves a rich subject for a play, and writer-director Travis Russ does his archly kooky world justice." – The New York Times

"Excellent... Presenting [Gorey's] life in triplicate is like taking a familiar melody and assigning it an unexpected set of chords." – The New Yorker

"★★★★ [This] lovingly crafted 75-minute play flits gently from whimsical to melancholy and dryly bemused. GOREY is a visit to an old friend who always amuses and sometimes surprises." – Time Out New York

From Life Jacket Theatre Company comes a fantasy memoir about the secret lives of Edward Gorey, an "artist and writer of genius” (The New Yorker). This play features three actors who share the title role. The three “Goreys” cinematically move forwards and backwards in time, conversing with their younger/older selves simultaneously.

Written and directed by Travis Russ, this unconventional play is a theatrical love letter to Edward Gorey - an imaginative blend of facts and poetic license. It is a loving tapestry of scenes that reveal Gorey’s dark imagination, his personal demons, and the heartbreaking loneliness of creative genius.

“★★★★ A delicious play about a fascinating man. It is not simply for Gorey enthusiasts, but for anyone interested in a very personal look at a talented, eccentric, funny, and utterly unique man.” – Plays to See



*Please note that there is no late seating

Group Sales for 10 +




“A captivating tale... Full of little gems to discover.” - Front Row Center

“Fantasy and memoir are on dazzling display... Fascinating biographical exploration... An engaging full-fledged portrait.” - Theater Scene

 “A touching production... Fills in the complexities and contradictions, the yearning, loss, and humanity, contained in the space between ‘strange’ and ‘fabulous.’” - Culture Catch

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