Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love
is a 1989 stage play
written by Canadian playwright Brad Fraser
. Set in Edmonton, Alberta
, the comedy-drama follows the lives of several sexually frustrated "thirty-somethings" who try to learn the meaning of love — during a time in which a serial killer
is terrorizing the city.
Characters include Candy, a heterosexual
woman trying to meet the perfect man but who along the way finds herself experimenting with lesbianism
; her homosexual
roommate, David, who no longer believes that love exists; Kane, a sexually confused teenager who idolizes David; Bernie, David's troubled best friend; and Jerri, a lesbian who falls in love with Candy. Overlooking the proceedings is the otherworldly Benita, a prostitute
Using and subverting elements of various genres, including thriller, situation comedy and grade-B horror film, the piece is written with cynical humor, but is serious in tone. As the play begins, a serial killer is preying on young women in the city; we soon realize that Bernie is the murderer, a fact only discovered by the other characters late in the play. Narration is provided by Benita, a prostitute
ability whose mental gifts will figure prominently in the resolution of the plot.
==Production history==First presented by Alberta Theatre Projects
at the playRites '89 Festival in Calgary, Alberta
, Unidentified Human Remains
was immediately... Read More