Phoebe's Closet

Institute History

  • 1993 Playwrights Lab


Phoebe’s Closet is a comic drama with music about a fearful latchkey child who spends her after school hours secreted in a closet. When a moth is seen nibbling on an overcoat, Phoebe follows it with her finger and is drawn through a button hole to another Galaxy. There, Phoebe meets creatures who possess large hands with penetrating powers. Because she is malcontent, phobic, and self-obsessed, she is banished to other planets where she meets various aliens who test her tolerance and compassion, inspiring her to overcome her fears.


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