DYING CITY begins as Peter, agitated and unannounced, barges in on Kelly's solitary evening at home. Kelly has deliberately avoided Peter since the last time they saw each other a year ago at Craig's funeral. Though the military has deemed Craig's death in Iraq accidental, Peter suspects otherwise.
Shinn has structured DYING CITY as alternating encounters. Scenes shift between Kelly and Peter's face-off, as the distraught brother forces his sister-in-law to confront the tragic legacy that connects them, and Kelly's last night with Craig, a farewell marred by bitter accusations and long-simmering resentments.
DYING CITY had its world premiere in Spring 2006 at London's Royal Court Theatre. The Times of London review called it "austere and meticulous... a demanding work but equally rewarding." And Variety described it as an "achingly compassionate new play" by a "gifted" dramatist.