Dan Duling


In this sexy psychological thriller, Derek Aren, a successful psychologist responds to a classic mid-life crisis with anger, pain and finally, lust. There’s no fool like a fool in a mid-life crisis. And when Karen Reed, a bewitchingly unstable woman dares him to step over the edge, Derek quickly learns that radical change has a very high price indeed. Turns out Karen’s ex dumped her for an affair with Derek’s wife. Murder, revenge, an air-tight frame-up. Derek will be lucky to get out alive, let alone with his sanity intact. Karen told him, “Revenge is the ultimate fetish.” Now he’d have to be crazy not to believe her. As the success of “Titanic” proved, thinking you know the consequences and outcome of your actions doesn’t make human behavior any less unpredictable.

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Duling’s plays have been produced throughout the United States. Most recently, “Monstrosity” received staged readings at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles as part of the Inkubator reading series by the Katselas Theatre Company. Before that, “Monstrosity” also received a staged reading at Innovation Theatre Works in Bend, Oregon. The search for theatres interested in producing “Monstrosity” continues in earnest in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.