My Zinc Bed A Play

David Hare

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Trade Paperback

130 Pages


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When struggling poet, reformed alcoholic, and devout Alcoholics Anonymous adherent Paul Peplow interviews the wildly successful, reclusive, and notoriously prickly entrepreneur Victor Quinn, he is in no way prepared for what is to follow.

Victor is not only familiar with Paul's obscurely published work but can quote from it liberally; he is also somehow aware of Paul's battle with alcoholism and, without solicitation, Victor challenges Paul with his own confrontational thoughts on addiction, the true meaning of recovery, and what he sees as AA's hidden aga. Victor then concludes their bizarre encounter by offering Paul a job decorating the legend of his fast-growing Internet business. Yet, as surreal as all this is, Paul is even less prepared to deal with Victor's seductive wife, Elsa, also a former alcoholic, but one who continues to drink and tempts Paul in ways that rattle him to the core.

Bound to incite discussion and controversy, My Zinc Bed is among David Hare's finest and most insightful plays—a compelling work which boldly explores the extent to which one person can control the lives of those around him.


Praise for My Zinc Bed

"Brilliant, metaphorical . . . Easily the best new play of the year so far . . . The skill and passion with which Hare lays out his arguments and draws he characters into their positions of dependency are completely transfixing . . . Each sentence, virtually, has an inbuilt detonating charge."—The Daily Mail

"Dense, rich, and engrossing . . . [Hare] is very good on the acrid solitude of a staled marriage and the difficulty of conquering one's debasing compulsions. And, as always, his writing is laced with a sharp, suggestive wit."—The Guardian

"A fascinating and forceful contribution to that new class of dramas that frets about the moral vacuum left by the collapse of the old ideological certainties . . . The passion of the writing is enormously impressive."—The Independent

"When future historians come to study the state of Britain in the late twentieth century, Hare will be the playwright they turn to first."—Blake Morrison, Independent on Sunday

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  • David Hare

  • David Hare was born in Sussex, England, in 1947. In 1970, his first play, Slag, was performed at the Hampstead Theatre Club. Since 1983, several of Hare's best-known plays—including Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Skylight, Racing Demon, The Judas Kiss, Amy's View, and Via Dolorosa—have been presented on Broadway. Hare lives in London.