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Hilda and Linda are the main characters of “The Thin Place.” Linda appears to be communicating with the dead who are still here, just in a different part of here, in the thin place. In the process, she offers the living a sense of closure and meaning, which might eventually bring them some inner peace. Originally from rural England, Linda has reestablished herself in the U.S.—birthplace of spiritualism—where she has continued to build a career out of her gift.
Hilda, a keen listener and observer who’s grappling with loss, takes a great interest in Linda’s abilities. She befriends the veteran medium, seeking answers that lie across the fragile boundary between our world and the other one.
Hnath’s play bristles with disquieting suggestion, probing the most timeless questions about reality, the impressionability of the mind, and the omnipresence of death as we float through life. Ever gifted at taking the pulse of the world around him, Hnath matches these universals with a timely resonance, distilling collective feelings of national chaos—as well as our political and spiritual vulnerabilities therein—to a chillingly personal scale.