Luminescence Dating, Carey Perloff



Title: Luminescence Dating

Author: Carey Perloff

Typology: Drama

Language: English

Year: 2007

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc.

ISBN: 978-0-8222-2114-2

Synopsis: Luminescence Dating is a thriller about a lost statue, a lost son, an ancient mystery and a love affair between two desperately mismatched people. Angela Hart has spent the better part of her career searching for a voluptuous naked Aphrodite sculpted by Praxitiles in the fourth century B.C. and lost to history. Her colleague and friend Victor Reid, a gay black anthropologist specializing in Queer Theory, steals a broken glazed arm from an excavation led by her professional nemesis, British archaeologist Nigel Edwards, and Angela begins to study it. As the ancient clay arm yields its secrets, these three highly competitive, emotionally charged academics begin to unravel the mystery of the missing statue, unleashing a whole set of desires that are orchestrated and stimulated by the Goddess of Love herself, an aging and world-weary Aphrodite disguised as the museum’s cleaning lady. Ultimately the statue is never found, but the heat generated by the search yields its own delicious rewards.