Reeling from life's complexity, we ponder our place in time. Should more than just our coffee table be vintage? In Jordan Harrison's Maple and Vine, a burnt-out Manhattan couple gets a chance to find out in the Society of Dynamic Obsolescence, a band of re-enactors that's created a town way off the grid -- 1955 in the 21st century.
Harrison wrote the play at the request of Anne Kaufmann of NYC's The Civilians troupe, who'd become fascinated with intentional communities such as Hasidic Jews, nuns, and the Amish. The collaboration marks a rare occasion someone's said, "I have this great idea and I just need someone to write it down" without provoking violence.