TRANCED - Philip

Author Bob Clyman
North Caldwell, New Jersey


A young, African graduate student in engineering undergoes hypnosis to address her recent inability to concentrate.  When her psychiatrist, Philip, induces a trance, she ‘recalls’ disturbing and previously unreported details about an incident that took place in her country while she was there assisting in the construction of a controversial, new dam. The play deals with the reliability of memory, the power of persuasion and what can happen when two powerful but opposing moral imperatives collide.


Time: Contemporary                                

Situation: Philip is an accomplished, straightforward, sometimes controversial psychiatrist who is an expert in the hypnosis technique of “trancing.” He introduces himself and shares his heritage before meeting a patient.

Subject Matter: Origins, Heritage, Parents, Home, Work, Multiculturalism, Globalization

Note from Playwright: TRANCED was a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Supplemental Information: To read the full script TRANCED, visit Bob’s website


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    Full-Length Play
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    Adult 30-40, Adult 40-50
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    Universal, Multiracial, Middle Eastern/Mid Eastern American, Latin@/x - Hispanic, European
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