What Is the Story of Bottom of the World?
When Abigail’s sister, Kate, dies in a horrific accident, she becomes obsessed with the novel Kate published right before her death. While Abigail’s own personal life falls to pieces, she becomes engrossed with the story Kate tells on the page about two farmer friends and their love lives. Abigail’s best friend, Susan, becomes frustrated with Abigail’s inability to move on and misses her companionship, especially as her own family life becomes unstable.
What Is Bottom of the World Like?
There are three different stories that occur on stage in Bottom of the World. The audience watches Abigail as she interacts with Susan and the rest of her real-world companions; however, Abigail also speaks to the deceased Kate. When Abigail reads from Kate’s novel, the story comes to life in front of her with the actors playing Kate’s real-life friends serving as the characters in the book. Two musicians also sit at the top of the stage playing beautiful bluegrass music as the stories interweave.
Is Bottom of the World Good for Kids?
Teens may be able to relate to Abigail’s struggles, but they may have difficulty following the non-linear narrative. There is also a scene of brief frontal nudity. In general, this poignant play of love and loss is recommended for adult audiences.