Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife who both have something to hide, THE INTERMISSION tunnels beneath a seemingly happy marriage to ask: how much do we really know about the people we love the most?
After five years of marriage, the unshakeable confidence Cass felt as a bride is gone. Jonathan, even though his wife’s quirks are beginning to grate, is still mostly smitten. So, it comes as a complete shock to Jonathan when Cass requests a marital ‘intermission’: a six-month separation during which they’ll decide if the comfortable life they’ve built together is still the one they both want.
From an over-the-top bat mitzvah to a pregnancy terminated because of an Ashkenazi genetic disease, Cass and Jonathan’s story examines how class and religious differences can become devastating pressure points. And, as the months pass, the couple begins to see that the worst of their problems are rooted in the personal and cultural history that separates them, and in certain blistering secrets they may never be ready to share.