The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite premiered at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in the spring of 1997, directed by William H. Macy (Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor - Fargo). The Atlantic, founded by protégées of famed playwright David Mamet, has been a home base for Mr. Long, whose plays Shaker Heights and The Virgin Molly were also produced there. The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite was commissioned by Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum and was produced there last spring as part of their New Theatre for Now Festival. The play was subsequently produced by San Francisco's Magic Theatre and productions are now scheduled at numerous theatres throughout the country.
Quincy Long is a winner of the 1996 Fund for the New American Plays Award, which he received for The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite. His play Shaker Heights was nominated for a 1994 Outer Circle Drama Critics play-writing award, and his play The Virgin Molly was runner up for a Kesserling Prize. His other produced plays include Yokohama Duty, Something About Baseball and The Johnstown Vindicator. He has received new play commissions from the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Soho Repertory Theatre, EnGarde Arts, Sundance Children's Theatre and A.S.K. Theatre Projects.
Mr. Long describes the inception of the The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite as "another tale of not writing about what you think you're going to write about." When researching another play at a Swedenborgian cathedral in a small Pennsylvania town, he stepped into a bar to drink a Diet Coke. Self described as "wearing my hippie sunglasses and carrying everything in a paper shopping bag" he clearly looked out of place in the biker bar. He spied a mean looking biker and "next thing I know this ashtray whizzes by my head." Mr. Long left the bar and returned to his typewriter, inspired by the "heady combination" of the bar and the church.