Blurb is one of my favourite words in the English language. Apparently it was coined by a humorist in 1907 as a made up word, like “quiz” or “sputtering gitfish” (that last is my own). Anyway, I’ve been trying for the past week to write a blurb for Playing Doctor that sums it up, and unfortunately I can’t seem to construct one without veering into self-parody. Here’s the most serious version I have so far:
The edge of the world: California in the 90s. Francis Stern, an eminent psychologist, is an unhappy man. Locked in a loveless marriage and crippled by anxiety, he suffers in silence. His mind and body are slowly failing him.Enter Victor Hyde, a mysterious outsider developing a radical new treatment: a dangerous, untested surgical procedure. With one operation, all of his problems will be solved. Frank jumps at the chance.But Frank is being manipulated, and he will find that playing doctor is more dangerous than he can imagine.A dark drama set on the sunny east coast, Playing Doctor jumps between the narratives of three people bound together as they explore the darkness in their souls, and what it means to live in a world of monsters.