by Carey Perloff
Winner, Best Original Script,
Bay Area Theater Critics Award, 2008
Premiere: Ensemble Studio Theater, New York
Directed by Will Pomerantz
West Coast Premiere: A.C.T. & Magic Theater, San Francisco
Directed by Mark Rucker
Published by Dramatists Play Service
"Have you seen a 7-foot naked statue that seems to have disappeared off the face of the Earth?' This is the central mystery driving Carey Perloff's new romantic thriller about three archaeologists linked in an obsessive search for the Praxitiles Aphrodite, a tall marble nude that aroused fixations in 5th-century B.C. before vanishing without a trace. When a disturbing burial ground of murdered children is excavated in Cyprus, the mystery of the missing statue deepens. Much of the play's dramatic tension comes from the characters' opposing professional ideologies. Driven by instinct, emotion and (at times unethical) passion, Angela (Rene Augesen) clashes with former lover Nigel (Stephen Barker Turner), a military historian who has no patience for subjectivity in his research. Victor (an excellent Gregory Wallace) provides needed humor as the queer theorist caught between the other two... LUMINESCENCE DATING works wonderfully as a thrilling and intellectually stimulating Indiana-Jones style puzzle."
–– NATHANIEL EATON, SF WEEKLY
“The romance of archaeology gets tangled with the archaeology of romance” (SF Chronicle) in this mystery about a lost statue of Aphrodite and the search to discover how she got destroyed.
Perloff’s communication with the audience is immediate and effective, even if it requires some actual lecture scenes, information imparted as the characters teach an invisible class."
–– SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER