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by Will Arbery

It's nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They've returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery's haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself.


Critic’s Pick! Astonishing and riveting. 'Heroes' risks a rare stage subject: Christian conservatism. A red-state unicorn.”

-- Jesse Green, New York Times 







“How no one in the metroplex has produced Will Arbery yet is wild to me (and lucky for us!). He grew up here in Dallas, he writes for and about Dallas people, and I’m absolutely thrilled Second Thought gets to introduce him to Dallas audiences. Be sure to catch this incredible first show of our season - intentionally selected for a Dallas audience in an election year."

-- Parker Gray, Executive Director

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Will Arbery is a playwright and screenwriter. His play Heroes of the Fourth Turning premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2019 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, OBIE winner, Lortel winner, New York Drama Critics Circle Award winner and John Gassner Memorial Award winner. It was named one of the best plays of the year by The New York Times, Vulture, Time Out and more. Corsicana premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2022 and was a New York Times Critics Pick. Evanston Salt Costs Climbing had its New York premiere at The New Group and was the subject of a feature in The New York Times Magazine. Other plays include: Plano (Clubbed Thumb), You Hateful Things (NYTW Dartmouth Residency) and Wheelchair (3 Hole Press). He was the recipient of a Whiting Award in 2020. TV: Succession and Irma Vep. His work has been featured in The Paris Review. He's currently under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club, Adventureland and The Met Opera.

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