The Boys from Siam John Austin Connolly

Yale Drama Series
Publication date:
21 Oct 2008
Yale University Press
144 pages: 229 x 140 x 10mm

Announcing the 2007 winner of the Yale Drama Series

John Connolly’s The Boys from Siam has been chosen as the first winner of the Yale Drama Series. This play was selected by playwright and contest judge Edward Albee, winner of the Pulitzer prize. Based loosely on the lives of nineteenth-century brothers Chang and Eng Bunker (the source of the term “Siamese twins”), The Boys from Siam is the haunting and lyrical story of conjoined twins Pigg and Pegg. In his foreword, Edward Albee writes that the work is “a beautifully realized concentrated universe. It takes big chances along the way . . . and makes us care—really care.”

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John Austin Connolly lives and writes in Dublin. His previous works have been showcased at the Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Dublin Temple Bar Arts Festival. A recent short story has been short-listed for the 2007 Francis MacManus short story competition in Ireland.

"Fascinating. . . . Like Beckett, Connolly uses literate wit and a gift for simple but evocative stage pictures to make his sometimes bleak vision palatable."—Jack Helbig, Booklist

"The Boys from Siam" offers a dark meditation on attachment and independence. . . . Connolly has taken his imaginative freedom in a challenging direction."—Bill Marx, PRI's The World