In The Bones

How does a soldier's family handle his suicide after coming home?

Playwright Cody Daigle is back. He returns about 15 months after his In the Bones materialized at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Follwing the premiere in Queens, NY last November, about which Stage Buddy wrote  “A truly moving piece of stagecraft,” SNAP snapped it up for production here.

A suicide is at the core; a soldier who fought in Afghanistan fights guilt and depression and, by opposing, ends them. Grief settles over his family and his abandoned partner. But transformation suffuses the people left behind. 

Daigle pondered suicide before, that of 17-year-old transgender girl Leelah Alcorn whose anticipatory posting attracted international attention. He wrote: “We have to take up a call of action on behalf of the living: don’t kill yourself.” And quotes poet Jennifer Michael Hecht: “None of us can know…how much courage it takes to stay.”

Consider the playwright thus far: Nine scripts at New York’s Manhattan Theatre Works, for Playhouse Tulsa and Acadiana Repertory Theatre in his home state of Louisiana including, The Bottom of the Sea,  The Survivalists, The Woman’s Part  and A Home Across the Ocean. More at

“Daigle’s artistic voice is crystal clear” said Indie Theatre Now. Clearly, he chooses to say something about affirming life.  

In The Bones runs August 20-September 13 at SNAP Productions, 3225 California Street. Thurs-Sat. 8:00 p.m. Sun: 6:00 p.m. Sun. Sept. 13  2:00 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15.

Category: Art, Literary

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