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The story of an elderly woman recovering from a stroke, Wings was originally a radio play and then expanded for the stage. Having both seen a production and heard the original version, I can testify to the paly's emotional power. When sitting in the audience, you can't help but root for Emily as she struggles to remember words and form meaningful sentences. Such drama doesn't come across on the page. This is a work you really have to experience live.
Anyway this play is brilliant.
Emily Stilson has a stroke, loses speech, herself, her place in time. Kopit manages to show the loss, the aphasia, the long struggle out of the confusion all in such a small space. Kopit's preface did prepare me for the "Catastrophe", did help me put the other 2 acts in context. I wonder if I would have been so prepared as an audience member. Would I know what was going on or would I just react with confusion to Emily's confusion? I would love to see this staged. Reading the play is not enough.
This isn't just a must read. It's a work you need to read!