Christopher Shinn

I just finished reading Christopher Shinn’s Four from a compliation of his work. It’s about two inter-connected couples dealing with sex and love and the ambiguities inherent in their relationships. It’s a beautiful piece, and I really love the idea of finding solace with strangers. (And I’m not referring to physical solace, though that has a place, especially in this play). I’ve always been attracted to this idea – How we can define and redefine ourselves via our relationships to people we meet for the first time. They can be a valuable tool of growth because they don’t see us with any preconceived notions. I also think characters interacting with strangers can be a powerful tool to understanding that characters truest self. Perhaps this is why I graviate towards films like The Station Agent and The Visitor, where characters find redemptions in fresh starts that are found in new people.



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