"It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not." This is the line which opens Paul Auster's story – City of Glass, first published in 1985, (Sun & Moon Press, Los Angeles). It was inspired by the author once receiving two unexplained phone calls from someone asking for the Pinkerton Detective Agency.
In 2017, an unsolicited phone call usually involves someone asking if we want to make a claim for an accident or for a mis-sold financial product. By the end of this brand new stage adaption, the protagonist Daniel Quinn (played by Mark Edel-Hunt and Chris New) might feel he has a valid claim for compensation, if not for personal injury, at least for severe disruption to his daily life.
Daniel Quinn (pen name William Wilson) is a former poet and essay writer who now writes crime novels. He lives alone in a New York apartment, nursing grief for the loss of his wife and young son. It would spoil the night to reveal more, but explaining the unfolding events would also probably require a lengthy PowerPoint presentation.