Sunday, March 03, 2013

A View of Heaven

In her play Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl envisions a heaven in which you go to a planet where you are united with the person you loved the most on Earth. There are some drawbacks. Because you only get one set of clothes, laundromats are scattered about the planet, and clothes are washed frequently. Naturally, all the people in the laundromats are naked while their clothes are being washed.

After learning about all this in a brief roundtrip to heaven, the main character returns to Earth and recommits herself to loving her sweetheart as much and as well as possible so that they may spend eternity on their planet together.

There is something quite innocent and appealing about Ruhl’s heaven.