How Should a Person Be? Symbols & Objects

Sheila Heti
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Sheila's play

Sheila’s play begins with two families, the Oddis and the Sings, accidentally meeting in Paris. 12 year-old Daniel Sing goes missing. 12 year-old Jenny Oddis desperately wants to find him. So does Mrs. Oddi, who comes to realize she is deeply dissatisfied with her own life because her family undervalues her. Mrs. Oddi is a lifelong flutist, but worries she is not good enough to play during dinner at the hotel at which they are staying. Her identity is in flux: While this woman has been a lifelong flutist, familial expectations drown that part of her life out. As a result, Mrs. Oddi thinks she is not very good at being a flutist even though she loves to play. Frustrated, she does not. Frustrated with herself, Sheila considers giving up on the play. The play is reflective of Sheila’s own identity frustrations in life.

Sheila’s ex-boyfriend’s play

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