Murphy Guyer


Nothing is what it seems to be in this two-act comedy about what happens when the Russia of poetic imagination collides with the more prosaic Russia of reality.


"What could be more terrifying than a labyrinth without a center?" C.K. Chesterton once asked. To which this playful absurdist comedy answers; "a labyrinth without a center populated with people who refuse to admit it."


This comedy within a comedy within a comedy satirizes the contemporary theater and simultaneously illustrates the larger point that avoiding or transcending self-interest is logically and psychologically impossible.

Born and raised in rural eastern Maryland, Murphy Guyer moved to New York City at the age of nineteen to attend the AADA on a acting scholarship. He soon discovered a talent for writing jokes and comic sketches and began writing for various stand-up comics and improv groups. In the early 80's his first play, EDEN COURT, premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville. It was subsequently produced on Broadway and made into a film. Since then he has written numerous works for stage, screen, and radio. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at regional theaters throughout the country, as well as in Canada, Britain, Ireland, Europe, and Russia (Soviet Union). From 1996 to 2003 he was Associate Artistic Director for Playwrighting at the Cleveland PlayHouse. Murphy lives and works in New York City.