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Written by Australian playwright Joanna Murray Smith, Switzerland is a play that blends reality and fiction and explores the plight of the author struggling to stand outside the shadow of her most famous creation.
The play is a two-hander metaphysical thriller set in the secluded home of Patricia Highsmith, famous author of the Tom Ripley novels. When meek and mild Edward Ridgeway is sent by Highsmith's publisher to coax a new Ripley novel out of her, Patricia takes him in in spite of her usual reservations. As the two of them begin to flesh out the new book a power struggle plays out between them as Edward slowly transforms into the sharp, charismatic and deadly Tom Ripley and a game of cat and mouse between author and her creation ensues. (See below for character descriptions).