Tegna 1995: American author Patricia Highsmith lives as a recluse at the foot of the Ticino Alps, in a bunker-like house surrounded by cats, books and antique weapons. Her latest publication has been a long time coming, so much so that silence has settled over the woman once celebrated as a grande dame of detective literature. Then a sharp young man appears, posing as a collaborator of publisher Edward Ridgeway, and offers her a contract: Highsmith is to erect a final monument to her memory by writing another novel about her master manipulator Tom Ripley. But the aging author is far from enthusiastic about the idea, and greets the young collaborator with suspicion and malice. It takes many witty arguments and gifts from across the Atlantic for the two men to come to terms as equals, exchanging views on the creator and her creation, executioners and victims, art and life. But as day breaks over the mountains, it becomes clear that the charming stranger is pursuing a far more ominous mission.
Joanna Murray-Smith's play "Switzerland" is a gripping psychological thriller with razor-sharp dialogue. It premiered in 2014 with the Sydney Theatre Company and has since enjoyed great international success.